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Question regarding $invalid_referer

March 05, 2024 04:10PM
I am presently using a scheme like this to prevent scraping documents.
location /images/ {
valid_referers none blocked www.example.com example.com forums.othersite.com ;
# you can tell the browser that it can only download content from the domains you explicitly allow
# if ($invalid_referer) {
# return 403;
if ($invalid_referer) {
return 302 $scheme://www.example.com;
I commented out some old code which just sends an error message. I
pulled that from the nginx website. I later added the code which sends
the user to the top level of the website.

It works but the results really aren't user friendly. What I rather do
is if I find an invalid_referer to some document, I would like to
redirect the request to the html page that has my link to the document.

I am relatively sure I will need to hand code the redirection for every
file, but plan on only doing this for pdfs. Probably 20 files.

Here is a google referral I pulled from the log file

302 - - [05/Mar/2024:20:18:52 +0000] "GET /images/ttr/0701crash.pdf HTTP/2.0" 145 "https://www.google.com/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 10; K) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Mobile Safari/537.36" "-"
So I would need to map /images/ttr/0701crash.pdf to the referring page
on the website.
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Question regarding $invalid_referer

gariac March 05, 2024 04:10PM

Re: Question regarding $invalid_referer

J Carter March 07, 2024 05:14AM

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