filter access to data on Apache

Posted on 2011-03-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Is it possible to filter access to directories in Apache via ProxyPass or proxyPassReverse in mod proxy.

For example I have a server with two interfaces. and lets say
Anyone coming to the server from I dont want to give access to the admin interface and anyone coming from I do want to give access to the server.

Lets say the directories are test and test/admin

Question by:enigma1234567890
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You can achieve this simply by iptables

iptables -A INPUT -d --dport 80 -j DROP

iptables -A INPUT -d --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

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sorry not using IP tables.  I was asked to do it a specisif way and want to know if its possible or not

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ID: 35198208
Some more info.

Lets see if I have this right.
You have an apache server with 2 nics
Nic1 has IP
Nic2 Has IP

If a user hits IP Address then allow access to test AND test/admin
If a user hits IP Address then only allow access to test and OT test/admin

You can do directory level access when you know the IP of the host
Allow from

can you have it so a know list of IP Addresses can get access to the test/admin and everyone else is denied.

eg: (this may not be 100% but you get the idea)
<Directory /path to web folder/test>
     Order Deny,Allow
     Allow from all
<Directory /path to web folder/test/admin>
     Order Deny,Allow
     Allow from <ip 1> <ip 2>


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ID: 35198916
Yea please not the question is can it be achieved vi mod proxy not any other method and if so how.  The explination above is fine
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Expert Comment

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I think m_walker had the correct answer to your question.

You configure your proxy just like a normal apache directory as he stated. The specific example used on the mod_proxy website is.

<Proxy *>
Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from 192.168.0

If you would post your proxy configuration directives it would be simple to give you exact changes required to achieve this result.
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You may want to try something like this
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^1\.1\.1\.1$

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farzani:  I think the filter needs to be on the apache server IP that the user hits,not the users source IP.  

eg: On my my computer I have IP Address of Then I could and since I hit the server IP then I can Access the admin folder.  But if I go to then I cant get access to the admin folder.  So the rule needs to use the apache serveres local IP.

I am assuming there are other things in place that will manage who can route to each interface, so the 10.1.1.x/24 could be the admin network.

That said I'm sure you will know how do to it :)

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ID: 35231992
yes it is possible via mod proxy as a reverse proxy to itself.  Set it up last week

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