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  1. letsencrypt.org and XP – a bodge fix for chrome

    December 4, 2015 by The Man

    Ok as luck would have it the second site I set up letsenrypt.org‘s new certificates on the client was using Windows XP and Chrome and got this nasty error message when I redirected the http to https.

    Now I’m a firm believer of https everywhere – yes I know it doesn’t solve every problem but it helps. So the options were bleak according to a github issue but if you are using Apache it’s possible to bodge a solution so XP Chrome clients can still see your site.

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !(Windows\ NT\ 5.1|Windows\ NT\ 5.2) [NC]
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}

    So what are we doing here.

    First we check to see if https is off – not sure this is really needed as we are putting this in our :80 .conf file.

    Then we check its NOT XP with the !

    And finally we redirect to the https address.

    Now we could get really clever and just check for Chrome on XP and I may work on that as I plan to use letsencrypt.org wherever I can 🙂