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Ubuntu 9.10 Apache2

Hi Guys,

Long story short, I need to restrict access to a certain part of my web site based on a dynamic IP source address that changes every now and then. Historically, I've just added the following to htaccess...

order deny,allow
deny from all
# allow my dynamic IP address
allow from <dynamic ip>

But the problem is that I'll have to manually make this change every time the IP changes.

Ideally I'd like to specify a hostname instead... something like:

order deny,allow
deny from all
# allow my host
allow from hostname.whatever.local

That doesn't seemed to have worked though. I get an error 403 - access forbidden. Does .htaccess not support hostnames?

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That would most likely because Apache doesn't look up the hostname in the direction you are thinking. Instead of looking hostname.whatever.local and allowing that address it does a reverse lookup on the connecting ip address, seeing if the response matches the allowed name.

(Well, actually Apache is doing a double lookup, first a reverse lookup and then a forward lookup on the result of the reverse.)

As the issue is about a dynamic ip address I assume it's PTR isn't simply changed constantly.

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Ah. Yea, I have an A record being automatically updated but not the PTR. Thanks. –  Mike B Dec 1 '09 at 23:51
    
Darn! My dns host won't let me change PTR records... lame. Is there a way I could issue a find-and-replace script for this one line? –  Mike B Dec 1 '09 at 23:54
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PTR posts aren't controlled by the domain name owner, but by the owner of the ip range. Unless you'r given a routed ip range you will most likely not be in control of a PTR zone. –  andol Dec 1 '09 at 23:56
    
Thanks andol! Good to know. –  Mike B Dec 2 '09 at 21:42

You can apply rewrite engine. Use RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} ^host1.* followed perhaps by RewriteRule with error code

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