filtron – Filtering reverse HTTP proxy

Reverse HTTP proxy to filter requests by different rules. Can be used between production webserver and the application server to prevent abuse of the application backend.
The original purpose of this program was to defend searx , but it can be used to guard any web application.


Installation and setup

$ go get github.com/asciimoo/filtron
$ "$GOPATH/bin/filtron" --help

Rules
A rule has two required attributes: name and actions
A rule can contain all of the following attributes:

  • limit integer – Defines how many matching requests allowed to access the application within interval seconds. (Can be omitted if 0 )
  • interval integer – Time range in seconds to reset rule numbers (Can be omitted if limit is 0 )
  • filters list of selectors
  • aggregations list of selectors (if filters specified it activates only in case of the filter matches)
  • subrules list of rules (if filters specified it activates only in case of the filter matches)
  • disabled bool – Disable a rule (default is false )
  • stop bool – Finish request validation immediately and skip remaining rules (default is false )

JSON representation of a rule:

{
"name": "example rule",
"interval": 60,
"limit": 10,
"filters": ["GET:q", "Header:User-Agent=^curl"],
"actions": [
{"name": "log",
"params": {"destination": "stderr"}},
{"name": "block",
"params": {"message": "Not allowed"}}
]
}

Explanation: Allow only 10 requests a minute where q represented as GET parameter and the user agent header starts with curl . Request is logged to STDERR and blocked with a custom error message if limit is exceeded. See more examples here .

actions
Rule’s actions are sequentially activated if a request exceeds rule’s limit
Note: Only the rule’s first action will be executed that serves custom response

Currently implemented actions

log
Log the request

block
Serve HTTP 429 response instead of passing the request to the application

shell
Execute a shell command. cmd (string) and args (list of selectors) are required params (Example: {"name": "shell", "params": {"cmd": "echo %v is the IP", "args": ["IP"]}} )

filters
If all the selectors found, it increments a counter. Rule blocks the request if counter reaches limit

aggregations
Counts the values returned by selectors. Rule blocks the request if any value’s number reaches limit

subrules
Each rule can contain any number of subrules. Activates on parent rule’s filter match.

Selectors
Request’s different parts can be extracted using selector expressions.
Selectors are strings that can match any attribute of a HTTP request with the following syntax:

[!]RequestAttribute[:SubAttribute][=Regex]
  • ! can negate the selector
  • RequestAttribute (required) selects specific part of a request – possible values:
    • Single value
      • IP
      • Host
      • Path
      • Method
    • Multiple values
      • GET
      • POST
      • Param – it is an alias for both GET and POST
      • Cookie
      • Header
  • SubAttribute if RequestAttribute is not a single value, this can specify the inner attribute
  • Regex regular expression to filter the selected attributes value

Examples
IP returns the client’s IP address
GET:x returns the x GET parameter if exists
!Header:Accept-Language returns true if there is no Accept-Language HTTP header
Path=^/(x|y)$ matches if the path is /x or /y

API
Filtron can be configured through its REST API which listens on 127.0.0.1:4005 by default.

API endpoints

/rules
Loaded rules in JSON format

/rules/reload
Reload the rule file specified at startup

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