Manually creating access control lists

Varnish allows you to use access control lists (ACLs), a feature that enables fast matching of a client's IP address against a list of defined IP addresses. An ACL looks like this:

1# Who is allowed access ...
2acl local {
3 "localhost";
4 ""/24; /* and everyone on the local network */
5 ! ""/32; /* except for the dial-in router */

Defining an ACL

Using ACLs requires you to create and add custom VCL to Fastly's boilerplate VCL. To define an ACL in your Fastly configuration:

  1. Read about how to mix and match custom VCL with Fastly VCL.

  2. Create a custom VCL file with your ACL definitions included in the appropriate location. Use the example shown below as a guide. You can reference the ACL in your configuration (vcl_recv) using a match operation that can be located above or below #FASTLY recv. The placement only matters for the order of operations within Varnish's execution of your configuration.

    1# If you are using the "include" keyword
    2include "myACL1.vcl";
    4# And/or if you are using an actual ACL block
    5acl local {
    6 "localhost";
    7 ""/24; /* and everyone on the local network */
    8 ! ""/32; /* except for the dial-in router */
    11sub vcl_recv {
    12 # block any requests to Admin pages not from local IPs
    13 if (req.url ~ "^/admin" && req.http.Fastly-Client-IP !~ local) {
    14 error 403 "Forbidden";
    15 }
  3. Upload the file in the Varnish Configuration area of your service.

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