Access control to allow local clients or remote with SSL client certificate


Running Apache 2.4.7 and current configuration limiting access to a
directory to only clients that can provide a trusted client certificate.
Server is SSL host. Would like to modify configuration to allow "local"
clients (, etc. as defined by 'Require local' auth provider) to
access the directory without authenticating with a client certificate. So
the local host may access the directory without SSL client auth, but all
others must authenticate with a client certificate or access is forbidden.
What is the best/proper way to do this?

I'd like to use modern directives (avoiding Allow, Deny, Order etc. from
mod_access_compat) but I'm not clear how to combine Require related
directives with mod_ssl options like SSLVerifyClient.


Re: Access control to allow local clients or remot

By Darren Spruell at 06/16/2017 - 05:24

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 1:59 AM, Darren S. < ... at gmail dot com> wrote:
I ended up with this as a test; is this as easy as it should be?

<VirtualHost _default_:443>
DocumentRoot /var/www/app

SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/server.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/server.key
SSLCACertificateFile "/etc/apache2/client-ca.crt"
<Directory /var/www/app/webroot>
SSLVerifyClient optional
SSLVerifyDepth 1
Options -Indexes
AllowOverride all
Require ssl-verify-client
Require local

Re: Re: Access control to allow local clients or r

By Marat Khalili at 06/16/2017 - 07:27

Technically it should work, but you may also want to:

1. Check that client belongs to some a organization/unit as specified in
certificate, see
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example. (BTW I don't know if %{SSL_CIPHER} !~ m/^(EXP|NULL)-/ is still
necessary, but I'd specify it just in case.)

2. Configure revocation list with using SSLCARevocationCheck and
SSLCARevocationFile (see same page). But be careful to update your CRL
file and reload your server timely (there's usually a cron job for
this), or it'll stop accepting any certificates as soon as CRL expires.

Without these changes you are granting access to any certificate you (or
any other CAs specified in SSLCACertificateFile) ever issued, even to
unrelated or obsolete ones.