UNSOLVED dwc: https and password protection

  • hello,

    as duet's dwc is reachable from my internal lan i feel it's necessary to protect it because anyone (including guests) who knows the machine name or ip-addr can control my printer which is undesirable. for this reason i have 2 questions:

    1. how can i activate https for dwc?
    2. how can i password protect dwc?

    thanks for your answers.

  • administrators

    HTTPS is only supported on the Duet 3 + RaspberryPi and involves extra configuration steps. However authentification isn't yet supported on that platform (there may be a work-around using Kestrel but I haven't checked that yet).

    For regular Duets, see M551. Add this code to config.g and you'll need a password in order to connect to your machine.

  • @chrishamm thanks for your fast answer. i have a duet 3 + pi. would it be possible to place the web interface behind an authenting reverse proxy (e.g. apache possibly running n another server)? this config could also handle https en-/decryption using the certificate placed in apache's standard directory.

  • administrators

    Yes, that should be possible - see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/aspnet/core/host-and-deploy/linux-apache?view=aspnetcore-3.1 The configuration file of the DSF web server is at /opt/dsf/conf/http.conf

  • @chrishamm i'll try this later this week.

    fyi: i tried to access the rpi dwc via a proxy. this does not work because

    • response to a click on console is "Failed to connect to <dwc-domain>
      Request failed with status code 404"

    • impossible to enter g-codes - input field is greyed.

    • machine specific.endstops: "No data available"

    and possibly others

  • @chrishamm said in dwc: https and password protection:

    there is no file /opt/dsf/conf/http.conf on my rpi - not even a http.conf anywhere.

  • administrators

    Sorry, I meant /opt/dsf/conf/http.json

  • @chrishamm said in dwc: https and password protection:


    thanks (though i do not plan to customize this file.)

  • @spllg had a look at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/aspnet/core/host-and-deploy/linux-apache?view=aspnetcore-3.1 but microsoft world is very unknown to me. so i think i will give octoprint a try (after i have reconfigured duet3 in standalone mode).

  • I use a vpn server in my fai box, no need dor https and works well with Duet2wifi.
    Why you don't want to use a VPN server in your LAN ?

  • @pipersw i could but this complicates things.

  • @spllg said in dwc: https and password protection:

    @pipersw i could but this complicates things.

    Less complicated than do a reverse proxy with https on raspberry pi.

    Just a certificate to generate and download on phone, and install VPN server and client software. In Free FAI box (french FAI) the VPN server is integrated, and in NAS Synology too.

  • @pipersw i do not want to discuss this but i feel a reverse proxy is far more flexible.

  • Is there a hostile party sniffing packet payloads on your internal network?

    • If so, transport encryption (e.g. HTTPS) is a good defense.
    • If you are instead trying to protect from casual misuse, a password is a good starting point.

    Having said all of that, the underlying question is fairly common; perhaps the community can come up with an easy-to-install-configure proxy style solution. (I'm mostly pointing at myself, here, but if anyone else is going to work on this, let us all know).

  • This might not be super polished GUI, but the functions and examples should cover most things.

    (with wildcard certficates and dns challenge you don't even need to have a public web server to use lets encrypt with a custom domain with non public subdomains)

  • i have a working apache and configured a reverse proxy for dwc. accessing the url results in

    "Failed to connect to <proxy-name>" <cr><nl>Network error"

    the proxy-access-log says:

    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:50:31 +0100] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 687
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:50:31 +0100] "GET /css/app.eb4376bc.css HTTP/1.1" 200 95851
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:50:31 +0100] "GET /js/app.8855845c.js HTTP/1.1" 200 607246
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:50:33 +0100] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 200 102407
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:50:33 +0100] "GET /rr_connect?password=reprap&time=2020-2-13T14%3A50%3A33 HTTP/1.1" 404 154
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:51:15 +0100] "GET /machine HTTP/1.1" 400 152
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:51:17 +0100] "GET /rr_connect?password=reprap&time=2020-2-13T14%3A51%3A17 HTTP/1.1" 404 155
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:52:15 +0100] "GET /machine HTTP/1.1" 400 152
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:52:16 +0100] "GET /rr_connect?password=reprap&time=2020-2-13T14%3A52%3A16 HTTP/1.1" 404 155
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:53:15 +0100] "GET /machine HTTP/1.1" 400 152
    nn.nn.nn.nn - - [13/Feb/2020:14:53:16 +0100] "GET /rr_connect?password=reprap&time=2020-2-13T14%3A53%3A17 HTTP/1.1" 404 155

    the first 4 gets succeed whale all the others fail.

  • Activating HTTPS is necessary if someone wants to create a Progressive Web App that communicates directly with the printer.

  • @ernstc said in dwc: https and password protection:

    Activating HTTPS

    It'll likely never be just "activating" HTTPS on a duet board, unless in combination with some sort of Raspberry Pi or other more resourceful system to act as a reverse proxy for the Duet. The Duet3 with the Raspberry Pi should be able to do it (and the new Duet2 that are on the drawing board might also support working with a Raspberry Pi (or other SBC with compatible GPIO). But it doesn't make sense to re-invent the wheel and instead just use nginx or similar.

  • @bearer I was just trying to point out that is something needed for some scenario, in any way, even if we are in our own private network. There is no need to "reinvent the wheel".

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