DoS Protected Resource

Dos Protected Resource Specification

Note: This feature is only available in NGINX Plus with AppProtectDos.

Note: The feature is implemented using the NGINX Plus NGINX App Protect Dos Module.

DoS Protected Resource Specification

Below is an example of a dos protected resource.

kind: DosProtectedResource
  name: dos-protected
  enable: true
  name: "my-dos"
    uri: ""

Field Description Type Required
enable Enables NGINX App Protect DoS. bool No
name Name of the protected object, max of 63 characters. string No
apDosMonitor.uri The destination to the desired protected object. App Protect DoS monitor Default value: None, URL will be extracted from the first request which arrives and taken from “Host” header or from destination ip+port. string No
apDosMonitor.protocol Determines if the server listens on http1 / http2 / grpc / websocket. App Protect DoS monitor Default value: http1. enum No
apDosMonitor.timeout Determines how long (in seconds) should NGINX App Protect DoS wait for a response. App Protect DoS monitor Default value: 10 seconds for http1/http2 and 5 seconds for grpc. int64 No
apDosPolicy The App Protect DoS policy of the dos. Accepts an optional namespace. string No
dosSecurityLog.enable Enables security log. bool No
dosSecurityLog.apDosLogConf The App Protect DoS log conf resource. Accepts an optional namespace. string No
dosSecurityLog.dosLogDest The log destination for the security log. Accepted variables are syslog:server=<ip-address | localhost | dns-name>:<port>, stderr, <absolute path to file>. Default is "syslog:server=". string No


The apDosPolicy is a reference (qualified identifier in the format namespace/name) to the policy configuration defined as an ApDosPolicy.


This is how NGINX App Protect DoS monitors the stress level of the protected object. The monitor requests are sent from localhost (

Invalid DoS Protected Resources

NGINX will treat a dos protected resource as invalid if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The dos protected resource doesn’t pass the comprehensive validation.
  • The dos protected resource isn’t present in the cluster.


Two types of validation are available for the dos protected resource:

  • Structural validation, done by kubectl and the Kubernetes API server.
  • Comprehensive validation, done by the Ingress Controller.

Structural Validation

The custom resource definition for the dos protected resource includes a structural OpenAPI schema, which describes the type of every field of the resource.

If you try to create (or update) a resource that violates the structural schema – for example, the resource uses a string value instead of a bool in the enable field – kubectl and the Kubernetes API server will reject the resource.

  • Example of kubectl validation:
    $ kubectl apply -f apdos-protected.yaml
    error: error validating "examples/app-protect-dos/apdos-protected.yaml": error validating data: ValidationError(DosProtectedResource.spec.enable): invalid type for com.f5.appprotectdos.v1beta1.DosProtectedResource.spec.enable: got "string", expected "boolean"; if you choose to ignore these errors, turn validation off with --validate=false
  • Example of Kubernetes API server validation:
    $ kubectl apply -f access-control-policy-allow.yaml --validate=false
    The DosProtectedResource "dos-protected" is invalid: spec.enable: Invalid value: "string": spec.enable in body must be of type boolean: "string"

If a resource passes structural validation, then the Ingress Controller’s comprehensive validation runs.

Comprehensive Validation

The Ingress Controller validates the fields of a dos protected resource. If a resource is invalid, the Ingress Controller will reject it. The resource will continue to exist in the cluster, but the Ingress Controller will ignore it.

You can use kubectl to check if the Ingress Controller successfully applied a dos protected resource configuration. For our example dos-protected dos protected resource, we can run:

$ kubectl describe dosprotectedresource dos-protected
. . .
  Type    Reason          Age                From                      Message
  ----    ------          ----               ----                      -------
  Normal  AddedOrUpdated  12s (x2 over 18h)  nginx-ingress-controller  Configuration for default/dos-protected was added or updated

Note how the events section includes a Normal event with the AddedOrUpdated reason that informs us that the configuration was successfully applied.

If you create an invalid resource, the Ingress Controller will reject it and emit a Rejected event. For example, if you create a dos protected resource dos-protected with an invalid URI bad in the dosSecurityLog/dosLogDest field, you will get:

$ kubectl describe policy webapp-policy
. . .
  Type     Reason    Age   From                      Message
  ----     ------    ----  ----                      -------
  Warning  Rejected  2s    nginx-ingress-controller  error validating DosProtectedResource: dos-protected invalid field: dosSecurityLog/dosLogDest err: invalid log destination: bad, must follow format: <ip-address | localhost | dns name>:<port> or stderr

Note how the events section includes a Warning event with the Rejected reason.

Note: If you make an existing resource invalid, the Ingress Controller will reject it.