I have a set of Nginx servers behind an Amazon ELB load balancer. I am using set_real_ip (from the HttpRealIpModule) so that I can access the originating client IP address on these servers (for passing through to php-fpm and for use in the HttpGeoIPModule).
It seems that
set_real_ip_from in the nginx configuration can only accept an IP address. However, with regard to ELB machines Amazon say:
Note: Because the set of IP addresses associated with a LoadBalancer can change over time, you should never create an "A" record with any specific IP address. If you want to use a friendly DNS name for your LoadBalancer instead of the name generated by the Elastic Load Balancing service, you should create a CNAME record for the LoadBalancer DNS name, or use Amazon Route 53 to create a hosted zone. For more information, see the Using Domain Names With Elastic Load Balancing
But if I need to input an IP address I can't use a CNAME (either amazon's or my own). Is there a solution to this problem?