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Is anyone experiencing issues with the Forum today?

 

I work from a home office, and regularly check the forum from three different devices - 2 laptops and my phone.  All three use the same Internet connection, although my work laptop is connected to a VPN.  I have been unable to access the forum from my personal laptop since yesterday evening and I receive an "Connection Refused" error.  Phone works well both on and off WI-Fi.  All three devices use Chrome.

 

Thoughts?

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Issue resolved.  I had to clear all my browser data.  Normally, deleting cookies and clearing the cache is enough, which I had done, but in this case I had to clear all the entire browser history as well.

 

Weird.

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Well, not quite as fixed as I thought.

 

Forum works fine until I access the main Reaper page, which has been converted to HTTPS.  Once I go to this page, my browser assumes that everything that is part of the reapermini.com domain is HTTPS.  Anyone else experiencing this?  Any ideas on how to fix?

 

@kit, sorry to drag you into this, but wondered if you had any insight.

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Oh, dear.  I see what's going on.

 

The short answer is: the forum site needs an SSL certificate to conform with the HSTS policy specified at https://reapermini.com.

 

If you always go to just https://www.reapermini.com, this won't bite you.  But the minute you go to https://reapermini.com, it does, even though https://reapermini.com just forwards you to https://www.reapermini.com.

 

You've already paged Kit so I presume he'll see this too.  (Or will figure it out before he sees this.)

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This was a fun exercise, but I think I found the answer.   Anyone hear of something called HTTP Strict-Transport-Security::):

 

When a web server sends the header 'strict-transport-security', the Chrome browser (I think Firefox as well) automatically redirects to HTTPS, and then caches this for the duration specified in the header.  In this case 63,072,000 second.  There is another field that specifies whether sub-domains should be bound to this redirect as well.

 

Fortunately, Chrome allows you remove domain names from it's HSTS database.  Go to chrome://net-internals/#hsts, enter the domain name in the "Delete Domain Security Policies" field at the bottom, and press delete.  Then go to chrome://settings/clearBrowserData and clear 'Cached Images and File'.

 

So far I've been able to bounce back and forth between the two sites.

2 minutes ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

Oh, dear.  I see what's going on.

 

The short answer is: the forum site needs an SSL certificate to conform with the HSTS policy specified at https://reapermini.com.

 

If you always go to just https://www.reapermini.com, this won't bite you.  But the minute you go to https://reapermini.com, it does, even though https://reapermini.com just forwards you to https://www.reapermini.com.

 

You've already paged Kit so I presume he'll see this too.  (Or will figure it out before he sees this.)

 

ninja'd  :ph34r:

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7 minutes ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

I have!  I've even been in hour-long conference calls about it!  (Ah, the "joys" of being a sysadmin...)

 

I haven't had the pleasure of needing to discuss this on a con-call.  I haven't been in a sysadmin role for many years.  It's good to know I still have some troubleshooting skill though.

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