[stunnel-users] Stunnel Problem - 935 Maximum connections on Windows

Iain @ Mobile777 iain at mobile777.com
Wed Feb 6 19:06:34 CET 2008

We are having some difficulties when using Stunnel under load. 

The maximum sessions running on a Windows servers seems to be set at 935
concurrent connections. 

Our system uses Stunnel to route incoming SSL traffic on port 443 through
Openssl to a Java application on port 26789. Both Stunnel and the Java
server run on a Windows 2003 server, with between 4GB and 8GB of ram, both
running Dual Intel Zeon 2Ghz processors. The problem is that when the
Stunnel server is under load, the maximum connections that we can achieve is
935 concurrent connections (Windows  threads between 936 and 938), before
Stunnel throws errors and starts closing the connections. 
Here is some additional information about our system: 

Stunnel version 4.21 (latest Windows binaries)

OpenSSL  0.9.8g

Stunnel Config: 


debug = 7

output = stunnel.log


# Use it for client mode

#client = yes

#TIMEOUTidle = 60

socket = a:TCP_NODELAY=1

socket = a:SO_LINGER=a:0

socket = r:TCP_NODELAY=1

socket = r:SO_LINGER=r:0

socket = l:TCP_NODELAY=1

socket = l:SO_LINGER=l:0


# Service-level configuration



#session = 5000

accept  = 443

connect = localhost: 26789

# delay = yes


#transparent = yes



We have tried various options, such as the TIMEOUTidle and session
parameters for Stunnel, but with no luck. We have even tried running Stunnel
separately on a Linux distro (FC4), with even less positive results. 

The pertinent errors in the log files are as follows: 
Connection closed: 178664 bytes sent to SSL, 44646 bytes sent to socket

SSL alert (write): warning: close notify
_beginthread: Exec format error (8)

Connection rejected: create_client failed


I can mail full logs of our load tests as well.

Our server will be expected to handle upwards of 10000 connections at a
time, we've been researching for about a week now how to get the performance
we need, but so far nothing. 






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