Wordpress Installation behind reverse-proxy ssl redirect loop
|Reported by:||costasd||Owned by:|
|Severity:||minor||Keywords:||ssl nginx apache reverse-proxy|
In my job, we are evaluating wordpress for our main site, and we seem to have a little problem with our setup.
First of all, our setup:
We use a pretty common setup with reverse proxy(nginx) in front of our LAMP stack. Nginx serves static files(e.g. images) and proxy-passes all other requests to apache2. Nginx handles both http & https, speaking http to backend(apache2)
In setups like that, some server variables, are not used. This is why you have to use mod-rpaf on apache to get the client ip.
One of those variables, is $_SERVERHTTPS?.
So in a setup with reverse-proxy in front, you have to set a variable $_SERVERHTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO? with value 'https', to make backend realize that its 'real' url is an https one.
Wordpress checks only for the $_SERVERHTTPS? variable, and gets caught in an endless loop redirection from https to http to https and so on. The way we got over that, is to check for the $_SERVERHTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO? header in wp-include/functions.php:is_ssl() function.
I'm submitting also our 3-line patch, in case anyone has the same problem. Patch tested and works with nginx reverse-proxy.
I'm tagging it as a defect/bug, if you think it is not a bug, please re-tag it.
Thanks in advance,
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