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Recent Changes does not poll IP address correctly with CloudFlare
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Author: rmathus

I am running WikiMedia on nginx (CentOS 6.3 is the OS if it matters) and using CloudFlare to protect the site. The nameservers are currently pointed to CloudFlare. WikiMedia displays CloudFlare's IP address rather than the client's IP address when editing a page.

For an example, see You will notice the IP address is always (or a CloudFlare IP address) when changing an article which is CloudFlare. It should report the user's external ISP IP address rather than CloudFlare's. Otherwise, you won't know who edited what.

Version: 1.19.2
Severity: normal
OS: Linux



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Did you configure CloudFare IPs in $wgSquidServersNoPurge ?
(or $wgSquidServers if they do need to get sent a purge)

rmathus wrote:

Didn't even think of that. Thank you.

Carlb added a subscriber: Carlb.Aug 10 2015, 7:44 PM

There is some documentation at but basically there are two options:

Either should restore user IPv4's or IPv6's to Special:RecentChanges

I don't recommend $wgSquidServers to configure CloudFlare servers, as the list is rather long and they're all IP ranges, not mere individual addresses.

Certainly the HTTP PURGE message (as honoured by Squid/Varnish) is meaningless to CloudFlare in any case - they use their own proprietary API, see bug:64356 - so, if a page changes, CloudFlare is blissfully oblivious.

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