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Re: [yast-devel] Re: [yast-commit] <rest-service> master : add Brute force protection
  • From: Josef Reidinger <jreidinger@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:12:35 +0100
  • Message-id: <200911030912.35486.jreidinger@xxxxxxx>
Josef Reidinger write:
Martin Kudlvasr write:
On Monday 02 November 2009 16:31:56 Josef Reidinger wrote:
ref: refs/heads/master
commit 4f74fe5c2ec8c1927b9ebac0073e5b703fb484df
Author: Josef Reidinger <jreidinger@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon Nov 2 16:24:21 2009 +0100

add Brute force protection
webservice/app/controllers/sessions_controller.rb | 6 ++-
webservice/lib/brute_force_protection.rb | 63
++++++++++++++++++++ webservice/package/yast2-webservice.changes

| 5 ++

.../test/unit/brute_force_protection_test.rb | 33 ++++++++++
4 files changed, 106 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/webservice/app/controllers/sessions_controller.rb
b/webservice/app/controllers/sessions_controller.rb index
86295c2..d88f3e0 100644
--- a/webservice/app/controllers/sessions_controller.rb
+++ b/webservice/app/controllers/sessions_controller.rb
@@ -34,7 +34,10 @@ class SessionsController < ApplicationController
self.current_account = Account.authenticate(params[:login],
params[:password]) end
@cmd_ret =
- if logged_in?
+ if BruteForceProtection.instance.blocked?
+ @cmd_ret["login"] = "blocked"
+ @cmd_ret["remain"] = BruteForceProtection.instance.last_fail +
BruteForceProtection::BAN_TIMEOUT + elsif logged_in?
if params[:remember_me]
current_account.remember_me unless
current_account.remember_token? cookies[:auth_token] = { :value =>
self.current_account.remember_token , :expires =>
self.current_account.remember_token_expires_at } @@ -44,6 +47,7 @@
class SessionsController < ApplicationController @cmd_ret["auth_token"]
= {

:value => self.current_account.remember_token , :expires =>

self.current_account.remember_token_expires_at } else
@cmd_ret["login"] = "denied"
+ BruteForceProtection.instance.fail_attempt

diff --git a/webservice/lib/brute_force_protection.rb
b/webservice/lib/brute_force_protection.rb new file mode 100644
index 0000000..b5fc899
--- /dev/null
+++ b/webservice/lib/brute_force_protection.rb
@@ -0,0 +1,63 @@
+# == Brute force Protection class
+# === Overview
+# Singleton class thant remember fail attempts to log to REST-SERVICE.
+# After specified time period is failed attemps cleared.
+# === Usage
+# When user tries to login ensure that it is not blocked by
BruteForceProtection.instance.blocked? +# When user failed to login
call BruteForceProtection.instance.fail_attempt +
+class BruteForceProtection
+ include Singleton

Maybe I misunderstood the code, but using Singleton module will not
preserve the instance between requests. Just try to create a simple
Singleton counter and view it a few times in some controller.
Singletons are regular instances of regular ruby class. The only
difference is, that you can make (new) only one of them. But they are
lost at the end of request like any other instance.
For storing values between requests AFAIK only database and module
namespace hacks work. I don't have anything against storing values in
module namespace, but I suggest doing it readable. For instance by
writing some "ModuleStorage" class/module whose only purpose would be to
store and retrieve values using module namespace.

Can you reproduce it? I am not able to do it. Also if singleton doesn't
preserve between request then something is very bad with ruby garbage
collector (if rails doesn't restart itself after each request), because
there exist reference to instance of class and it should not be destroyed.
What you maybe find is problem with class reloading in development mode
(it affects also singleton, as it reloads also its only instance), but
maybe I have some gaps in my ruby knowledge.
I also know why is singleton bad
detector/wiki/WhySingletonsAreControversial but I think that in this case
is adequate to use singleton as it is small class coupled with only one
class which must survive between requests.

Just link to similar problem and explanation

So I think that in production mode where class is not reloaded on request it

Josef Reidinger
YaST team
maintainer of perl-Bootloader, YaST2-Repair, webyast modules language and time
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