Re: cachemgr.cgi and plebs

From: Martin Gleeson <>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 1996 12:53:13 +1000

Jason Lee wrote:
>Stephane Bortzmeyer writes:
>] As Martin Gleeson said, Squid will see the request coming from the Web
>] server so you should authorize its address (and tune httpd.conf to be
>] sure the Web server allows only your station to run that cachemgr.cgi
>] script).

>Is there anything wrong with letting normal pleb users access
>cachemgr.cgi? I can't think of any obvious security concerns, there is
>nothing too secret about squid.conf. Is performance a problem? I guess
>while users are looking at cache_object URLs they're not looking at

The problems that I can see are:
1) access to the remote shutdown facility
2) access to who is downloading what could be fairly sensitive information
   (Cache information shows FDs with the IP and the URL they are accessing)
3) maybe a resource drain while listing Objects

Some of the information about who accesses what (point 2 above) can be
sensitive, and I believe proxy admins have a duty of care to ensure this
information is kept away from prying eyes, so it would be better to err
on the side of caution and block off access to the cache manager to all,
and only allow those that need to have access.

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Received on Sun Aug 25 1996 - 19:54:24 MDT

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