Bug ID 517790: When non-HTTP traffic causes the server-side to receive unexpected data, the connection will be dropped

Last Modified: Apr 10, 2019

Bug Tracker

Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP LTM(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
11.4.1, 11.5.0, 11.5.1, 11.5.1 HF1, 11.5.1 HF10, 11.5.1 HF11, 11.5.1 HF2, 11.5.1 HF3, 11.5.1 HF4, 11.5.1 HF5, 11.5.1 HF6, 11.5.1 HF7, 11.5.1 HF8, 11.5.1 HF9, 11.5.2, 11.5.2 HF1, 11.5.3, 11.5.3 HF1, 11.5.3 HF2, 11.6.0, 11.6.0 HF1, 11.6.0 HF2, 11.6.0 HF3, 11.6.0 HF4, 11.6.0 HF5

Fixed In:
12.1.0, 12.0.0, 11.6.0 HF6, 11.5.4, 11.4.1 HF10

Opened: Apr 13, 2015
Severity: 3-Major

Symptoms

Non-HTTP traffic can have the server-side send data outside the usual request-response pairing. (Either before a request, or extra data after a response is complete.) If so, HTTP will reject the connection as the server state is now unknown. However, if HTTP is acting as a Transparent proxy, switching to pass-through mode and disabling HTTP may be a better course of action.

Impact

Banner protocols, where the a server will respond before seeing any data will not pass through the Transparent HTTP proxy. Non-HTTP protocols that start with a pseudo-HTTP response, followed by extra data will reject the connection when the extra data is seen.

Conditions

Non-HTTP data sent to the server-side not belonging to a response.

Workaround

It may be possible to use HTTP::disable to disable the HTTP filter when some signature of the non-HTTP protocol is seen.

Fix Information

The transparent HTTP profile's passthrough-pipeline option now allows unexpected server-side ingress to switch the Transparent HTTP proxy into pass-through mode.

Behavior Change