Chapter 6. All About Access Controls

Access controls are the most important part of your Squid configuration file. You’ll use them to grant access to your authorized users and to keep out the bad guys. You can use them to restrict, or prevent access to, certain material; to control request rewriting; to route requests through a hierarchy; and to support different qualities of service.

Access controls are built from two different components. First, you define a number of access control list (ACL) elements. These elements refer to specific aspects of client requests, such as IP addresses, URL hostnames, request methods, and origin server port numbers. After defining the necessary elements, you combine them into a number of access list rules. The rules apply to particular services or operations within Squid. For example, the http_access rules are applied to incoming HTTP requests. I cover the access control elements first, and then the rules later in this chapter.

Access Control Elements

ACL elements are the building blocks of Squid’s access control implementation. These are how you specify things such as IP addresses, port numbers, hostnames, and URL patterns. Each ACL element has a name, which you refer to when writing the access list rules. The basic syntax of an ACL element is as follows:

acl name type value1 value2 ...

For example:

acl Workstations src

In most cases, you can list multiple values for one ACL element. You can also have multiple acl lines with the same name. ...

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