Hi I just wanted some feedback on a DDOS preventing php script that I'm designing. It is quite simple and I wanted some feedback on whether you guys think it would be effective.
I'm currently using the ulogin framework as a base and have implemented API Keys. At the moment the user will send a request with a key. This key is checked against the database to see if it correct. So if the key is not correct the program will return.
If the key is correct then some statistics are going to be calculated. The first thing is to increment the counter. The average hit per second will be calculated from the time they started requesting to the current time. Also there is a window of X seconds in which the counter will be reset (Lets say 300). The programmer specifies the max number of requests that should be allowed in this window. If the key is over the limit of requests per stats reset (Window) or over a certain amount of requests per second, they will be blocked and not given access. However the counter still increments but another counter is started (blockcount).
When the counter is set to 0 at the end of the window, the count for the next window will be set to what ever the blockcount is and the blockcount will be set to 0. If the user doesn't use the API key for X (window) seconds then both counters will be reset to 0.
I have added a transferpenalty variable (0-1) that will take a percentage of the blockcount on to the next window instead of the entire block count but I don't think that it is neccessary to have this.
Is this already being done? Would this protect against a sniffed API key being used to (D)DOS a server? What are your thoughts :)