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Stress and Security Tester for Assange Webserver

Category: Tester
Submitted By: wsd
Date: Sun 13 Feb 2011 09:43:42 PM UTC
Status: Open

This project is not part of the GNU Project.

Assange Webserver is a webserver for sysadmins that are having a bad day. Assange is designed to perform nicely under extremely high loads. Security is also a high priority.

Use cases for Assange include DDoS attacks, and high traffic websites hosted on a small amount of hardware.

Assange achieves high performance and high security by:

In a normal environment, many of these "features" are not good; HTTP compliance is usually important, using memory as needed is good, dynamic content is often essential, etc. Therefore, Assange should generally not be used in a normal environment. Assange might be viewed as the program to use when the alternative is no website at all.

For example, lets say that example-activist-website.org is put under extreme pressure by means of a DDoS. The operators of this website might decide to switch from their Drupal website to a simple one run by Assange, until the attack is over. The website served by Assange could be an informational website, or perhaps a quick message alerting their users of the problem they are encountering.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Currently, Assange Webserver is in its early stages of development. While the maintainers would appreciate any testing and feedback, Assange is not currently suggested for use in "real world" applications.

License GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status
: 2 - Pre-Alpha

Details (job description, contact ...):

Assange Webserver needs testing... lots of testing. Especially important is checking to make sure that Assange works well under high loads.

Both testing and advice on how to perform testing would be appreciated. Also, thoughts on how a software or hardware firewall would assist with resiting attacks would be helpful.

If you are interested, please contact me by email: william (D0T) demchick [A..T] gmail [D-O-T] com

If you reside near Palmerston North, New Zealand, we might be able to arrange a chat in person.

Note that I am already aware of a few venerabilities, so you might want to contact me before you go looking for some.

Required Skills:

Skill Level Experience
TCP/IP Good Knowledge 2 yr - 5 yr
Firewall Good Knowledge 6 Mo - 2 yr

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