Web Server: URL Rewrite to Forbid Non-SSL Requests

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If you have a website section that needs an SSL connection for security, you can use Resin's URL-rewriting tag for the HTTP Forbidden (403) in combination with a predicate testing for SSL connections, IfSecure. The code snippet to return a forbidden looks like the following:

WEB-INF/resin-web.xml to require SSL for /secure

<web-app xmlns="http://caucho.com/ns/resin"

  <resin:Forbidden regexp="^/secure">
    <resin:IfSecure value="false"/>


If you want a custom error page, you can use <error-page error-code="403" location="..."/> to make the returned error page look nicer.

The Resin Web Server URL rewrite works on a rule-based system. The URL is matched first with a regular expression, and then any internal predicates are tested.

In this example, the Forbidden matches only for URLs starting with /secure, and then tests to see if the request's isSecure() is false. If the request is insecure and matches the /secure, then the Forbidden rule will match and Resin will return a 403 error page.

URL redirect insecure to a SSL host

You can instead use a redirect to force the use of SSL by replacing the <resin:Forbidden> with a <resin:Redirect> as follows:

WEB-INF/resin-web.xml redirecting to https: for insecure requests

<web-app xmlns="http://caucho.com/ns/resin"

  <resin:Redirect regexp="^/secure" target="https://${host.name}/secure">
    <resin:IfSecure value="false"/>


The <resin:Redirect> rule sends a redirect to the "target" location. You can either put in the explicit URL for the target, or use a Resin EL expression for the current host name, like ${host.name}.

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