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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Host header field: How is it enforced or not at all?
Date Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:35:53 GMT
Why is that your issue?  This is how google configured their servers.

Read the NameVirtualHost directive; all requests to an unrecognized
host will be routed to the first (default) named virtual host in the

You didn't expect Host: to act as some proxy service, did you?

Khoa Nguyen wrote:
> Hi,
> I don't quite understand the use of the Host: header field in HTTP 1.1 
> request. For example, I wrote a simple script to connect to 
> <> on port 80. After the connection, 
> I send the following GET request:
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> Host: <>
> ...
> The web server doesn't seem to care what I put in the Host field and 
> always returns the google home page. Is this behaviour acceptable? Why a 
> HTTP 1.1 web server insists on the presence of a Host field but doesn't 
> seem to do any kind of checking on it?
> Thanks,
> Khoa

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