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Barracuda Web Application Firewall

How to Pass Client Certificate Details to a Back-end Server

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This article applies to the Barracuda Web Application Firewall 460 and above.

You can configure the Barracuda Web Application Firewall to pass information from a client to the back-end server through the Barracuda Web Application Firewall. Using this feature, web servers can access client authentication information, like Client Certificate parameters or authenticated username and password.

On the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, you can add client information to a request by configuring a Request Rewrite. Headers can be inserted into the request, or existing headers can be rewritten or deleted before passing the request to the web server, which can then extract the added information. The Barracuda Web Application Firewall provides macros you can use to communicate request parameters like client certificate details or authenticated user information through headers.

Configuring Request Rewrite to Pass Client Information to a Web Application

To configure a request rewrite rule, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to the WEBSITES > Web Site Translations page, and in the HTTP Request Rewrite section specify values for the following fields:
    1. Rule Name – Enter a name for the request rewrite rule.
    2. Sequence Number - Set the sequence number for the request rewrite policy. The sequence number determines the order of execution for multiple configured policies from highest (1) to lowest (1500).
    3. Action - Select the action. To modify client information sent to the web application, the request rewrite action should be set to Insert Header or Rewrite Header.
    4. Header Name – Enter the relevant Header Name, for example X-Forwarded-For.
    5. Old Value – Enter the initial request header to be rewritten if the Action is Rewrite Header. An asterisk (*) rewrites all named headers, or specify the value or expression to be rewritten.
    6. Rewrite Value – Enter the new value of the header to be rewritten when the Action is set to Insert Header or Rewrite Header. Use the macros listed below to specify parameters from the client. When rewriting a header you can specify one or more fields using the separators such as colon (:), semicolon (;), space ( ) and comma (,). In Rewrite Value, the fields can be defined for example: "Name=abc_cookie; Domain=example.com:Path=/". The rewrite-value supports substring addressing of matches, i.e. the matching substrings can be referenced using $1,$2,...$n. The following macros are supported for rewrite values:
      • $X509_ORGANIZATION, $X509_LOCALITY, $X509_CN, $X509_COUNTRY, $X509_OU,$X509_STATE, $X509_EMAIL, $X509_SUBJECT, $X509_WHOLE, $X509_ISSUER: Fields in the X509 client certificate when client authentication is On.
      • $SRC_ADDR: The client IP from which the request originated.
      • $DST_ADDR: The destination address.
      • $URI: URI.
      • $AUTH_USER: Username of the authenticating user.
      • $AUTH_PASSWD: Password of the authenticating user.
      • $AUTH_GROUPS: Group associated to the authenticating user.
  2.  Click Add to add the above settings.

Note: When multiple policies are configured, the request continues to be processed by other (higher sequence number) policies. If you wish to stop processing after a particular rule is matched, click Edit next to the rule and set Continue Processing to No.

Rewrite Condition Format

The request Rewrite Condition specifies when a rewrite should occur. The Rewrite Condition is made up of expressions combining Request Rewrite Tokens and Operations on those tokens. These expressions can then be joined with each other using logical or (or, OR, ||) or logical and (and, AND, &&). Examples of Rewrite Conditions: (Header User-Agent co mozilla) , (URI rco /abc*html), (Client-IP eq eq POST). An asterisk indicates there are no conditions for rewrite, so the rewrite is done in every case.


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