Keeps track of blocked user accounts (accounts become blocked after too many failed logins).
Can be used in
<serviceProxy port="2000"> <request> <log /> </request> <target host="www.predic8.de" /> </serviceProxy>
<accountBlocker afterFailedLogins="5" afterFailedLoginsWithin="9223372036854775807" blockFor="3600000" blockWholeSystemAfter="1000000" />
The Account Blocker prevents password and token guessing attempts: It blocks a user (or the whole system) after too many failed login attempts.
When a user entered a wrong password or wrong token more than afterFailedLogins times, this user becomes blocked: He will be prevented from logging in again within the next blockFor milliseconds (writing 3600000 means "for 1 hour").
The failed login attempts have to occur within the last afterFailedLoginsWithin milliseconds (writing 9223372036854775807 means "forever").
If more than blockWholeSystemAfter users become blocked at a time, the all users will become blocked. (This is necessary to limit memory usage.)
Say, for example, a scripted dictionary attack tries to guess a user's password. Using the configuration shown above, which is the default configuration if no accountBlocker is declared, this results in 5 guesses per 3600000 milliseconds; or equivalently 42720 guesses per year.
The probability of hitting a uniformly at random chosen word of the standard German vocabulary within one year is therefore about 56%.
Therefore, a more secure password should be chosen, containing letters, digits and special characters.