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Apache ProxyPass to the rescue for firewalled ports

September 24, 2014 1 comment

When trying to make a web-utility I look after with its own TomCat server available to the public web from a server with only http and https ports accessible through our firewall I stumbled on Apache’s ability to proxy pages internally. This lets me give public access to a web server running on a port that is not open to the public by getting Apache to pass the content back through the publicly available port 443.

This is how it works:

ProxyPass /foo https://privateserver.company.com
ProxyPassReverse /foo https://privateserver.company.com

Will mean going to https://publicserver.company.com/foo will show that URL but actually show content from https://privateserver.company.com.

Or in my case:

ProxyPass / https://privateserver.company.com:1443
ProxyPassReverse / https://privateserver.company.com:1443

Will mean going to https://publicserver.company.com/ actually shows content from the web server on the same server running on port 1443. Very handy!

Categories: apache, Open Source, Web

iTunes Store sectioned in Yosemite

September 24, 2014 Leave a comment

iTunes Store breadcrumbsThe iTunes Store in the version of iTunes (12) that comes with Yosemite is now sectioned into the Music/Movies etc and you can’t seem to get to the normal landing page that incorporates all types of media the store sells.

This can be a pain if you do like me and check in periodically for all the free content – you would have to go to each individual section.

The workaround is – scroll to the bottom of a section page in the Store and you’ll see the breadcrumbs navigation – and you can click on the top-level iTunes Store there. As soon as you switch a section in iTunes the relevant section will load again though.

Categories: Apple, iTunes