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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <>
Subject Re: Effective IP address / real IP address
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2011 03:30:55 GMT
On 12/13/2011 9:06 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> On Dec 13, 2011, at 5:33 PM, Graham Leggett wrote:
>> On 14 Dec 2011, at 12:50 AM, Graham Leggett wrote:
>>> On 12 Dec 2011, at 11:25 PM, William A. Rowe Jr. wrote:
>>>> I have a frustrating update, which we need to take into consideration for
>>>> the whole remote_ip-related resolution.  From the httpd-ng workgroup...
>>> This makes sense, we're an HTTP server, lets stick to RFC related terms.
>> Done in r 1214022.
> Huh, I was wondring what Bill was talking about ... I couldn't remember any
> discussion that had reversed the meaning, and now I know why.
> The IP address received by the server interface when we are acting as a
> reverse proxy is not necessarily the IP address of the user agent.  It could
> just as easily be the IP address of an ISP proxy, a corporate firewall,
> or a dozen other client-side intermediaries that are not the user agent.
> Hence, it is just a client.

That is EXACTLY our understanding.  The immediate connection comes from
"a client".  Not the end node asking for the data, but our immediate client
which is a BigIP balancer or a telco cell browser proxy or anything else
which you mention.

"the user agent" is not "just a client", but the originator of the request.

Are we on the same page now?

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