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From Jakub Moscicki <>
Subject [users@httpd] Re: reverse proxy choice to origin servers: https->https or https->http
Date Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:15:13 GMT

Is it true that if proxy is setup https->http then it only has to
decrypt/encrypt the headers and the body is encrypted/decrypted on the backend?
What ? Eh, no. If you configure your frontend with https and your backends with http, then
you just told apache to NOT use SSL between mod_proxy and the backend servers. Only your frontends
will do SSL handshakes in this setup. That's pretty much SSL Offloading, maybe you got that
confused ?

Sorry, it was a typo of course. I mean: https->https. So if a proxy forwards https to the
backend which accepts https - then would the proxy decrypt the headers only or the entire
request? I am adding cookies at the proxy for stickyness so the proxy must be handling the

In my case http at the backend could be an option inside a trusted network.



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