[pve-devel] [PATCH proxmox-acme] fix #3390: standalone: explicitly bind to '::'

Stoiko Ivanov s.ivanov at proxmox.com
Wed May 12 21:04:52 CEST 2021

This patch follows 2f8be3bfda203065b22e60862e5f98d831a46921 from
Instead of not specifying a listen address, we first try to bind on
'::', which usually accepts connections for both ipv4 and ipv6,
and fall back to '' if this fails (if ipv6 is disabled via
kernel commandline).

The arguments are the same for HTTP::Daemon as for IO::Socket::IP,
since the former has IO::Socket::IP as base.

Additionally, by setting 'V6Only' explicitly to '0', the listening
socket will also accept ipv4 connections, even if the sysctl
'net.ipv6.bindv6only' is set to 1 - the sysctl provides a default
value, which can be overridden by a socket-option (see ipv6(7) -

setting this option results in the following setsockopt-call being
setsockopt(3, SOL_IPV6, IPV6_V6ONLY, [0], 4) = 0

AFAICT the socket option is available and overridable on Linux > 2.4
see [0] for an explanation of why this might not be wanted

Overriding the default setting set by an admin might be debateable,
but considering that the http-listener for the ACME challenge is
rather short-lived I think this is justified. The only other option
would be to create 2 listening sockets and binding on both - which
would mean reorganizing our perl-deamons to deal with multiple listen

quickly tested on a publicly reachable test-machine of mine with:
* ipv6.domain.test (only AAAA record)
* ip46.domain.test (both AAAA and A)
* ipv4.domain.test (only A record)
* sysctl net.ipv6.bindv6only=1 (for all 3 domains)
* disabling ipv6 via kernel-commandline (only ipv4 tested)
* disabling ipv6 via sysctl (only ipv4 tested)
* only configuring an ipv6 address (only ipv6 tested)

[0] https://man.openbsd.org/inet6.4
Signed-off-by: Stoiko Ivanov <s.ivanov at proxmox.com>
 src/PVE/ACME/StandAlone.pm | 8 ++++++--
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/src/PVE/ACME/StandAlone.pm b/src/PVE/ACME/StandAlone.pm
index 0e2ece6..c054c5a 100644
--- a/src/PVE/ACME/StandAlone.pm
+++ b/src/PVE/ACME/StandAlone.pm
@@ -35,10 +35,14 @@ sub setup {
     my $challenge = $self->extract_challenge($auth->{challenges});
     my $key_auth = $acme->key_authorization($challenge->{token});
-    my $server = HTTP::Daemon->new(
+    my %sockopts = (
 	LocalPort => 80,
 	ReuseAddr => 1,
-	) or die "Failed to initialize HTTP daemon\n";
+	);
+    my $server = HTTP::Daemon->new( LocalHost => '::', V6Only => 0, %sockopts) //
+	    HTTP::Daemon->new( LocalHost => '', %sockopts)
+	    or die "Failed to initialize HTTP daemon\n";
     my $pid = fork() // die "Failed to fork HTTP daemon - $!\n";
     if ($pid) {
 	$data->{server} = $server;

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