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Proxy Auto-Config

Overview#

Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) are files that defines how web browsers and other User-agents can automatically choose the appropriate Proxy Server (access method) for fetching a given URL.

Proxy Auto-Config file contains a JavaScript function “FindProxyForURL(URL, host)”. This function returns a string with one or more access method specifications. These specifications cause the user agent to use a particular Proxy Server or to connect directly.

Multiple specifications provide a fall-back when a proxy fails to respond. The browser fetches this Proxy Auto-Config file before requesting other URLs. The URL of the Proxy Auto-Config file is either configured manually or determined automatically by the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol.

Security Considerations#

Proxy Auto-Config and Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol are subject to malicious PAC Attacks

Proxy Auto-Config are well known for being a part of SSL-TLS Interception schemes.

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