How to block/allow IP addresses behind a load balancer with htaccess and Virtual hosts

When it comes to restrict your website, there are many ways to achieve that and one of the simplest methods is with your htaccess file.
But it can be a little bit tricky when you’re in a cloud environment such as the Amazon Cloud and you are using the Elastic Load Balancer.

Normally you would put something like below to allow for two IP address

Order allow,deny
Deny from all
Allow from
Allow from

That works great as long as you don’t sit behind a load balancer, then the system will always think you are coming from
the load balancers IP which we don’t want to block.

Apache stores the client IP in an environment variable called X-FORWARDED-FOR, heres an example to allow for the same IP addresses as above.

Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from env=AllowIP

If you want to do the opposite and block just use Deny from env=AllowIP


There is also a second option with mod_rpaf which can alter the header and put the X-FORWARDED-FOR value in the Client IP.

Also be careful when using PHP and checking against remote IP, $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’], in this case that will contain the load balancers IP.


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