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From "Nelson, Robert D." <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Apache proxy and SSL
Date Fri, 10 Jan 2003 20:19:27 GMT

> Where people on the outside would enter 
> and the proxy
> would forward it to We want to build a 
> secure extranet
> box and we need SSL for privacy. We plan to put an SSL 
> accelerator card in
> this box. We don't want to put SSL accelerators on the other 
> web application
> servers.
> Someone told me there's a "proxy pass" configuration that 
> would allow me to
> proxy a URL and make the required scheme change.

What is commonly done is to set up your exterior box with mod_proxy and SSL
enabled.  Then, in the VirtualHost for the domain, proxy it back to the
interior server via HTTP.  For example:

 end user <--HTTPS--> External Server <--HTTP--> Internal Server

This way the traffic is SSL'd from the end user to your proxy web server.
Take a look at the docs for how to do this...


I've heard that getting the connection from the external server to the
internal server to run via SSL is more difficult.  Someone should be able to
comment on that.

 ~ Robert

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