How can I get >100 connections in FIN_WAIT_2 state from the same IP?

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Tue Oct 13 18:39:51 UTC 2009

On Oct 13, 2009, at 10:33 AM, Martin Turgeon wrote:
> I would like to know if anyone knows the reason why I get a lot of
> connections (more than 100) from the same IP in FIN_WAIT_2 state.

That IP is probably running a web proxy or possibly some kind of  
spider.  It could also be malicious, trying to exploit webserver  
vulnerabilities, etc-- search your logs for that IP and see what it is  

> In this case the connections are on port 80. Is it a problem with the
> client's browser or OS? Is it possible that some mobile devices  
> doesn't
> close their connections correctly to save bandwidth and battery?

Yes, it's not uncommon for various platforms to simply drop  
connections rather than closing them properly.  You can run tcpdrop to  
forcibly get rid of them, but they should time out within a few  
minutes anyway.  If you believe the remote IP is being abusive,  
consider firewalling it....


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