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Custom error handling for oversized CGI request entities

by rob_au (Abbot)
on Jan 19, 2002 at 19:40 UTC ( #140078=snippet: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Description: As discussed by Ovid at Preventing DOS attacks with, one of the key elements of all code employing CGI is the definition of $CGI::POST_MAX, thereby limiting the maximum accepted size of the submitted request entity. If this value, defined in bytes, is exceeded by the HTTP request, the result is the generation of a request entity too large error upon initiation of the CGI object that is returned to the HTTP client.

In a reply to my post here, Hero Zzyzzx asked how a more custom error handling response for over-sized requests could be incorporated into code - The result, with some liberties taken from the CGI module, is the code below:

#!/usr/bin/perl -Tw

use CGI;
use strict;

    my $POST_MAX = 512 * 1024;

    my $content_length = defined $ENV{'CONTENT_LENGTH'} ? $ENV{'CONTEN
+T_LENGTH'} : 0;
    if ( ($POST_MAX > 0) && ($content_length > $POST_MAX) ) {
        #   custom request entity too large error handling

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