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From "Alan M. Carroll (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (TS-291) Enable transparent forward proxying
Date Wed, 07 Apr 2010 23:45:36 GMT


Alan M. Carroll commented on TS-291:

Issue 1

HttpTransact::check_request_validity only checks the request URL for the host and does not
check the HOST field. This works for explicit proxy requests but most current web tools use
the HOST field so without client configuration, ATS rejects the request with "400: Host Required
In Request". I think this should be modified to do the check only in the transparent case
as the explicit case should require the host in the URL.

Issue 2

It was mentioned to me that ATS had transparent forward proxy code at one point but it was
(mostly) removed. In some cases there seems to be a remnant in the use of
which I presume is a flag used to enable transparent operation, although perhaps it is used
for reverse proxying and therefore it is unclear whether it should be used for forward proxying.
(see HttpTransact::initialize_state_variables_from_request for an example)

> Enable transparent forward proxying
> -----------------------------------
>                 Key: TS-291
>                 URL:
>             Project: Traffic Server
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Network
>         Environment: Linux
>            Reporter: Alan M. Carroll
>            Priority: Minor
> Currently ATS provides only explicit forward proxying. It should support this transparently
as well.
> Transparent means
> * No configuration on clients.
> * Origin server sees the client IP address as the source address of the cache fill request.
> This should be an option set via configuration variables because transparent proxying
is not always the correct mode of operation. In addition, it requires a Linux kernel with
TPROXY support and so will not run in all environments.

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