cURL can connect to localhost but not 127.0.0.1
Recently came across a scenario, where curl was able to connect to
localhost but not
127.0.0.1. When I tried
curl 127.0.0.1:80, it just hung there. While
curl localhost:80 returns the expected output.
My first instinct was to check apache config to see if it was only serving to
localhost and not the IP address. But that seemed unlikely because
/etc/hosts had the correct entry.
My next big clue was when I tried
curl -v localhost:80, this was the output -
root@ip-172-31-21-14:/# curl -v localhost:80 * Trying 127.0.0.1:80... * Trying ::1:80... * Connected to localhost (::1) port 80 (#0)
Do you see it?
localhost tries to resolve to
127.0.0.1:80 but gives up and then connects to
::1:80. So essentially connection to IPv4 is failing but IPv6 is succeeding.
I looked around checking what could be wrong. Why connection to IPv4 would fail. I found that if you mentioned
Listed 0.0.0.0:80 or essentially mentioned an IPv4 IP in Apache config, it only connects to IPv4 and not IPv6. But that didn’t have any way to block IPv6 connections. And my config was the default
Listen 80 which accepts both v4 and v6.
I couldn’t find any other way apache could only accept IPv6 and not IPv4.
With that I looked at the other ways this could be possible. Which is to of course look at firewall, i.e.
iptables. So I ran
iptables -S, and lo and behold, there it is -
root@ip-172-31-21-14:/# iptables -S -P INPUT ACCEPT -P FORWARD ACCEPT -P OUTPUT ACCEPT -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j DROP
In the hindsight, I should have checked iptables first. But anyway. So I just executed -
iptables -D INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j DROP
Which got rid of the rule. And curl could connect to