Skip to main content


audit_service — Return how many connections currently are established from a CIDR block to an arbitrary service


audit_service { service_name } { address/mask }


audit_service returns a stringlist containing a single member, which is a string containing the number of connections the CIDR block provided currently has established to the provided service. If the provided service is "SMTP" then the behavior is identical to audit_connections_on_service. If you have the cluster module loaded, then you can query the "inbound_cidr" service to audit connections to the whole cluster instead of just one server. In the address/mask argument, address may be omitted to cause the action to use the current IP address instead. In that case, one could provide an argument of "/32" or "/24" to get the current connections for the IP address currently connecting or for the /24 CIDR block of the IP address currently connecting.


As of version 3.4, this feature supports IPv6.

IPv6 addresses are much more flexible than IPv4 addresses in terms of their formatting options. They also use a different delimiter character than IPv4 addresses (a colon instead of a period). This means that in certain contexts, an IPv6 address can create parsing ambiguities.

The accepted convention is to require that, in circumstances where a configuration parameter can also contain something other than an IP address, that an IPv6 address must be enclosed in square brackets. In practical terms, this means that things like the Gateway, Routes and Listen options must have IPv6 addresses enclosed in brackets. Others, such as Peer, Relay_Hosts and Prohibited_Hosts do not require the IPv6 address in brackets.

Services that may be audited are:

  • ECStream

  • SMTP

  • Control

  • ECmmove2 (The service that handles duravip message moves.)

  • ECCluster

  • inbound_cidr


This feature requires the inbound_audit module. See “inbound_audit – Inbound traffic analytics” for more information.

($connections) = audit_service "inbound_cidr" "/32";
($c_connections) = audit_service "inbound_cidr" "/24";
if ec_test :value "gt" :comparator "i;ascii-numeric" "${connections}" "1000" {
  ec_tarpit 10 "too many connections /32";

if ec_test :value "gt" :comparator "i;ascii-numeric" "${c_connections}" "10000" {
  ec_tarpit 10 "too many connections /24";
Was this page helpful?