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Item14389: valid authority specifier does not work from behind a proxy server

Priority: Low
Current State: Confirmed
Released In: n/a
Target Release: n/a
Applies To: Engine
Component: Configure
Reported By: EwanCormack
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Last Change By: EwanCormack
When a server is behind a firewall and needs to use a proxy server to access external websites the valid authority specifier does not work.

In the config page, when you click Extensions=> Updates Plugin or Extensions => Extension operation and maintenance an error is shown " is not a valid authority specifier (hostname). Lookup returned: Name or service not known "

Updates work and extensions can be installed so this is not a valid error.

It appears the valid authority specifier is not making use of the {PROXY}{HOST} configuration directive.

  • Screenshot of error:
    Foswiki error.JPG

-- EwanCormack - 03 May 2017

This particular check uses the gethostbyname perl function which calls the underlying host function to do a DNS lookup. It doesn't know anything about the proxy configuration, and I've been unable to see any way to pass the DNS requests through the Proxy.

-- GeorgeClark - 03 May 2017

As this is actually a check for a URL, the fact the host exists is kind of irrelevant.

Perhaps checking the URL with if (head($url)) may be more appropriate?

-- EwanCormack - 03 May 2017

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Summary valid authority specifier does not work from behind a proxy server
ReportedBy EwanCormack
SVN Range
AppliesTo Engine
Component Configure
Priority Low
CurrentState Confirmed
TargetRelease n/a
ReleasedIn n/a
Topic revision: r3 - 03 May 2017, EwanCormack
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