Impact of Securitycheck Pro in page's loading time

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9 years 2 weeks ago - 9 years 2 weeks ago #1083 by Jose
Sometimes some of you ask me how using Securitycheck Pro can affect their website, talking about page load time. I know this is [strike]really[/strike] extremelly important for many people and this is why I decided to show you using Securitycheck Pro will not affect your website's speed. Obviously, the usage of a web firewall will have an impact in our system; it has to monitorize every access to our website. Till now, no one has ever checked this impact (at least, I have been looking for information like this in similar extensions and I haven't find this info).

The main idea is to monitorize a Joomla! website during a simulated "attack" conducted during 5 minutes with and without Securitycheck Pro and then compare results. Munin , an excelent monitoring tool for website environments and Joomscan , a Joomla! security scanner which allows us to check vulnerabilities. I will also use a "clean" installation of Joomla! to avoid the influence of other extensions.
Everybody can reproduce following results using the instructions and environment proposed.

To do this I used:
Machine A
- LAMP server
- Latest Joomla! and Securitycheck Pro versions.
- Munin
Machine B
- Linux Desktop
- Joomscan

First, I will use Joomscan against our Joomla! website with Securitycheck Pro disabled:

Results represent the normal usage of our website:

We have an average HTTP load time of 121.29 ms. We also see the traffic received.

To be more precise, I also add the site response time and Apache volume:

Now we are going to enable Securitycheck Pro firewall but disabling dynamic blacklist feature to avoid blocking offensive IP:

Launching again Joomscan against our Joomla! website and the results were as follows:

We can see the same eth0 traffic of the first "attack" and now we obtained an average HTTP load time of 124.09 ms.

I also add the site response time and Apache volume:

So there is a difference of 0.003 ms using Securitycheck Pro, so we can affirm Securitycheck Pro has no influence in our website's speed!
And there are many advantages if you use it!!
Last edit: 9 years 2 weeks ago by Jose.

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