Reverse Proxy with HTTPS Virtual Host Support

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This configuratino example documents how to configure a Squid proxy to receive HTTPS traffic for multiple domains when it is acting as a "reverse-proxy" (aka CDN frontend or gateway proxy).

This configuration is for Squid-4 and newer which have been built with GnuTLS support. Older Squid versions and Squid built with OpenSSL support cannot be configured this way.

Squid Configuration

https_port 443 accel \
    tls-cert=/etc/squid/tls/ \
    tls-cert=/etc/squid/tls/ \
  • accel tells Squid to handle requests coming in this port as if it was a Web Server.

  • defaultsite=X tells Squid to assume the domain X is wanted if it cannot identify which domain is wanted.

    • Squid will run fine without defaultsite=X, but there is still some software out there not sending Host headers so it's recommended to specify.

    • If defaultsite is not specified those clients will get an "Invalid request" error.
  • tls-cert=X should point to a PEM format file containing the certificate, private key, and any required intermediate CA certificate(s) for one domain.

    • If multiple different domains details are included in one PEM file only the first will be used.
    • The CA certificates are expected to be in order with each CA verifying the previous cert or CA in the file. CA which do not meet this criteria are ignored.

Next, you need to tell Squid where to find the real web server:

cache_peer backend.webserver.ip.or.dnsname parent 80 0 no-query originserver name=myAccel

And finally you need to set up access controls to allow access to your site without pushing other web requests to your web server.

acl our_sites dstdomain
http_access allow our_sites
cache_peer_access myAccel allow our_sites
cache_peer_access myAccel deny all

You should now be able to start Squid and it will serve requests as a HTTP server.

Testing and Live

Testing of reverse-proxies should be done with Squid configured properly as it would be used in production. But the public DNS setting not pointing at it. The /etc/hosts file of a test machine can be altered to send test requests to the squid IP instead of the live webserver.

When that testing works, public DNS can be updated to send public requests to the Squid proxy instead of the master web server and Acceleration will begin immediately.


ConfigExamples/Reverse/HttpsVirtualHosting (last edited 2018-10-21 16:33:42 by AmosJeffries)