Bypass proxy.pac for VPN connections

Posted on 2014-03-07
Last Modified: 2014-03-18
Hello everyone,

In one of our customers environments we use a proxy.pac for automatic proxy configuration. The pac file is distributed to Internet Explorer configuration using Group Policy.

Now the Problem is that a lot of users complain about very slow internet connections when working while connect via VPN (Checkpoint). The Checkpoint policy is not defined to route all network traffic through the VPN tunnel. Normaly browsing the web would be handled solely by the clients local internet connection and not through the company network.

The problem itself sounds reasonable since the Browser is able to reach the Proxy.pac and has to go through all the lines of code in it every time a web page loads.

So the question is. Is there a preferably easy way to get the client to recognize wether it's preferable to use the proxy.pac file (while inside the company net) or it's total nonsens (VPN)

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Best Regards,

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ID: 39913137
You can replace proxy.pac with dynamic script that hands out return DIRECT to dialin users...
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Depending on how the VPN connection appears you should be able to code the proxy.pac file in a way to detect that there is a VPN interface (IP address/subnet) and return DIRECT and the code can go at the beginning of the pac file so you don't go through the whole pac file.
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MyIpAddress() sometimes picks user's public adress, sometimes virtualbox/vmware/virtualpc adapter etc...
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I can't remember how I did it, but I know I did not use MyIpAddress().  As gheist stated, that was unreliable.

However since you mentioned Checkpoint and VPN, not sure of your setup, but it looks like the VPN client may have a solution:

Search on "Windows Proxy Replacement"
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Since PAC file is retrieved without proxy you and always plant address retrieving the file in it.... (and sorry if I get annoying with trying to convince you to follow me with dynamic script)

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The proxy.pac Checkpoint creates is a little awkward since it reveals the internal network in plain text while a simple "return direct" would have also done the trick.

Nevertheless this solution's proved to be acceptable by our customer.

Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the points.

I did go back and find my proxy.pac file.  As it turns out I did use MyIpAddress(), but it was a "not" check.

If MyIpAddress() was not in the subnet used for desktops in the office, you went direct.

The only issue we ever had was one person decided to setup their home network to use the same IP subnet that we used for desktops at work.

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