OH12-1X-000003 - OHS must have the MaxClients directive defined to limit the number of allowed simultaneous requests.


Web server management includes the ability to control the number of users and user sessions that utilize a web server. Limiting the number of allowed users and sessions per user is helpful in limiting risks related to several types of Denial of Service attacks.

Although there is some latitude concerning the settings themselves, the settings should follow DoD-recommended values, but the settings should be configurable to allow for future DoD direction. While the DoD will specify recommended values, the values can be adjusted to accommodate the operational requirement of a given system.


1. Open $DOMAIN_HOME/config/fmwconfig/components/OHS//httpd.conf with an editor.

2. Search for the 'MaxClients' directive within '' directive at the OHS server configuration scope.

3. Within the '' directive, set the 'MaxClients' directive to '2000' or less, add the directive if it does not exist.

Note: This vulnerability can be documented locally with the ISSM/ISSO if the site has operational reasons for the use of a higher value.

Supportive Information

The following resource is also helpful.

This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Access Control.This control applies to the following type of system Unix.