Vulnerability in "Proxy Everything" (Wiki article Pitfalls)

Lukas0907 nginx-forum at
Tue Mar 8 22:37:12 MSK 2011

My point is: The bad example does something, which is extremely
inefficient but it just works. It has no side effects concerning
security. All files are parsed by PHP, so no unparsed configuration
files can leek. 

The "good example" only handles requests to the FastCGI instance if the
file or directory can not be found by nginx. This is clearly not the
same although the whole intention of the pitfall site is, in my eyes, to
offer exactly that: A naive, inefficient way to achieve things and a
professional, tested, reliable and secure way. It's the first URL given
in Debian's default config and possibly the first place a user will look
like searching for help. 

Proxying everything is certainly a bad idea; proxying too less is
disastrous in terms of security. This should be pointed out in the wiki
in big fat letters. Or better, let's come up with a better example of
how to proxy a bare minimum.

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