There are some limits on how many strings can be inserted by an attacker. CGI.pm limits POST sizes. With a 1 MB limit and 10 bytes per string, that is 100,000 strings all trying to go into one hash bucket. Instead of taking a fraction of a second to parse, it takes the web server thousands of seconds.
It would be possible to add checks to prevent this attack. One easy way is limit the number of parameters in CGI.pm. 1000 is probably a reasonable limit. The proper solution is change the Perl hashing function so it isn't deterministic. If the attacker can't predict the behavior, they can't the worst-case strings.