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[REQUEST] Extend m_websocket to allow for real host header usage when used with a NGINX transparent proxy. #1406

WesleyChannon opened this issue Oct 13, 2017 · 3 comments


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@WesleyChannon WesleyChannon commented Oct 13, 2017

Would it be possible to extend the m_websocket module for InspIRCd 3.x to allow the use of real host headers sent from an upstream (frontend) NGINX proxy server?

Currently, when using NGINX as a (transparent) proxy for web-based websocket clients, the proxy IP is being associated to the connecting user, not the real user IP address.

Suggest making either use of either the 'X-Real-IP' or 'X-Forwarded-Host' headers that NGINX can send downstream as part of the connection information.

NGINX allows you to send them as such (within the relative 'location' definition):

proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $remote_addr;

The main reason for wanting to use NGINX is to allow the use of port 80 and/or port 443 (with the same SSL certificate and domain as the website).

@SaberUK SaberUK added this to the v3.0 milestone Oct 13, 2017

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@Robby- Robby- commented Oct 15, 2017

This should go along with a setting to restrict from which IPs such a header is accepted, to prevent spoofing, and also a way to tell which header to actually look for rather than hard coding a list.

See also the following link and all the config options provided by this module to get an idea:

Also, you probably meant X-Forwarded-For instead of X-Forwarded-Host.

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@LunaSquee LunaSquee commented Nov 28, 2019

+1 for this


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@SaberUK SaberUK commented Nov 28, 2019

This should be implemented in bb1f892 and afb5972.

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