Realized  SecResponseBodyAccess was in the modsecurity.conf file, I set it to Off and the issue did go away.


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM, David Christensen <> wrote:

I enabled debug logging in nginx but I don't see anything the log files when a request occurs during this failure condition and other than the standard start up stuff related to modsecurity after nginx starts there is nothing else in the nginx logs pertaining to modsecurity and the modsec_audit.log is empty.  Is there a way to make modsecurity logging more verbose?

I tested both with a successful log in and with a failed log in, it caused the same issue.

Do I set the SecResponseBodyAccess Off in any particular place in the nginx conf file?


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM, Ryan Barnett <> wrote:

From: David Christensen <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:51 PM
To: "" <>
Subject: [mod-security-users] Using recommended conf with nginx causes system to swap and CPU load to increase

I am new to Modsecurity, trying to use 2.7.5 with nginx 1.4.1 on CentOS 6.4 and i am using the recommended modecurity.conf that was part of the source files.

nginx is setup as a reverse caching proxy to tomcat 7.0.42 and it is setup for SSL using openssl 1.0.1e.

When I enable modsecurity and make a single request for the site nginx is the proxy for, everything seems ok, but when I access the sign in page for the site and enter an incorrect login and password and submit it the system immediately starts to to swap and the CPU load increases.  The site never responds to the request and eventually times out.

When I do the same thing without modsecurity enabled the site immediately returns a failed login attempt.

Any idea why modesecurity would cause something like this?


Based on what you are describing, perhaps there is something in the response that is triggering an outbound inspection rule.  Are there any messages in the error log file or in the ModSecurity audit log file?

Does it work fine if the authentication is successful?  

If you set the SecResponseBodyAccess Off, does the problem go away?


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