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Need help with HTTP::Proxy

by scorpio17 (Canon)
on Dec 30, 2021 at 21:58 UTC ( #11140042=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

scorpio17 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm trying to create simple proxy using HTTP::Proxy as follows:
use strict; use HTTP::Proxy; my $proxy = HTTP::Proxy->new; $proxy->port( 8000 ); $proxy->init(); $proxy->agent->proxy([ [ 'http', 'https' ] => 'https://api.test.example.com/', ]); $proxy->agent->ssl_opts( verify_hostname => 0 ); $proxy->start;
If I run this on SERVER_A, I can do the following (also on SERVER_A) and it works as expected:
curl http://localhost:8000/index
But if I'm on another host (SERVER_B, for example) and I do this:
curl http://SERVER_A:8000/index
Then I get "Failed to connect : Connection refused"
I've disabled all firewalls, for testing, but that doesn't fix it.
If I use the actual IP address (instead of hostname SERVER_A) it makes no difference.
If I run the script as root (or with sudo) it makes no difference.
What am I missing here?

For what it's worth, the reason I'm trying to do this: host SERVER_B needs to access api.test.example.com, but isn't able to reach it directly. It can, however, reach SERVER_A, and SERVER_A can reach api.test.example.com, so I'd like to use SERVER_A to bridge the two.

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Re: Need help with HTTP::Proxy
by NetWallah (Canon) on Dec 30, 2021 at 22:29 UTC
    the new() method in HTTP::Proxy has the following defaults:
    my %defaults = ( agent => undef, chunk => 4096, daemon => undef, host => 'localhost', logfh => *STDERR, ...
    By default, it will only listen on 'localhost' AKA 127.0.0.1.

    If you specify

    host=> your-fqdn-or-ip,
    in your call to new(), it should work the way you expect (untested).

                    "If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence."

      Yep, that fixed it! I just added:
      $proxy->host("111.222.333.444");
      below the $proxy->port(8080) line (where 111.222.333.444 is my IP).
      Thanks!
        Opps! I spoke too fast. It's working now for HTTP, but not HTTPS.
        From the command line, curl gives me "(35) SSL Connect Error",
        and from a web browser (google chrome) I get "ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR".
        I'm using "curl -k" thinking that would make it ignore certificate checking.

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