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Allowing local connection through Firewall

Posted by Chris_Isaac (Chris Isaac), 16 March 2005

I'm trying to allow access to my apache server through my firewall (Norton).  I can easily block  or permit, but what I would like to do is only allow access from the local machine which is running Apache, but I'm not sure what to put when it asks for an induvidual computer name, range or address, I tried specifying http://localhost but it said it was invalid.

Any thoughts please?


Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 16 March 2005
Hi, Chris

My first thought is that your firewall is going to be running on your ethernet connection .... whereas "localhost" will be using the loopback (internal) address of ... so logically the firewall doesn't come in to play.   But the firewall software just MIGHT protect a computer against internal attacks too.  I would try using "localhost" on its own as the computer name (without the http, which is the protocol) and if that doesn't do it I would try permitting connections from

Posted by Chris_Isaac (Chris Isaac), 16 March 2005
Thanks Graham,

The localhost worked fine, it automatically picked up the address itself.  all working now.



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