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Re: SNI vs Host: and a trailing dot

From: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:25:39 +0100
To: Daniel Stenberg <daniel@haxx.se>
Cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20160317042539.GA31423@1wt.eu>
On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 12:15:35AM +0100, Daniel Stenberg wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Mar 2016, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> >>I suspect HTTPS servers will use the SNI field to serve contents
> >
> >They shouldn't be doing that (if indeed they do); SNI is only for
> >selecting the certificate, not anything to do with what happens inside
> >HTTP.
> Right, I wrote that part too quick without thinking properly. Sorry. Thanks
> for clearing that up!

No, you were right to raise this point, because I spend a lot of time
explaining people that HTTP routing has to be done on the Host header
exclusively and that they must never use SNI for this. The only example
I find to justify this is to say that older clients may not send SNI,
but as you can guess this is a weak argument. Now with this trailing
dot issue and the missing port that Xiaoyin mentionned, it's clear
that SNI and Host may differ and that's a good argument.

> I've since tested a bunch of random popular HTTPS sites by adding a dot to
> the host name in the Host: header (while keeping it out of the SNI field)
> and quite clearly there's a non-zero amount of servers that deliver
> completely different headers/contents than if the header is sent without the
> dot.

I'm not surprized, it's very common to match an exact string on the
server side. A lot of load-balancing configurations I'm seeing are
even case-sensitive just because people don't know the host part is

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