Monday, January 31, 2011

Re: Django session gets confused behind proxy, already logged in

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM, Stefan <> wrote:
> Hi,
> Currently we're having some issues with a user of our product who uses
> a proxy on their internal network.
> According to their system administrator the proxy is open to port 80
> and 443, and doesn't do anything with cookies and such, only blocks
> out some sites.
> The problem: when user X logs in to our application, user Y also gets
> logged in on a computer who didn't use out application before (but is
> behind the same proxy)?! This shouldn't be possible (django default
> auth app is used)?
> We're using is Apache, Nginx, Django 1.0 and Postgresql. Also note
> that it does work when ran with runserver, but not with nginx.
> This only occurs with this user with the proxy, on other networks, it
> does work.
> Anyone experienced this before? If so, how'd you solve it?
> Thanks in advance!
> Stefan

When the second browser behind the proxy requests the site, is it
actually requesting and receiving pages from your app, or is it
receiving cached content from one of the proxies?
I think one of the components in your full stack (Apache/nginx)
emitting headers that say this content is cache-able, that runserver
does not do, and their proxy is caching the content locally in the
full stack scenario.



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