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I have a Cisco 5508 running version 18.104.22.168. This controller hosts an open public wifi that requires users to accept a terms agreement via a Web-Passthrough setup that redirects them to the terms splash page. For most people this works without any issue. However, if a user has their homepage for their default browser set to a https site, such as https://www.google.com, then they are never redirected to the terms splash page. The page will just spin and spin until finally they get a timeout error.
Has anyone else had this experience? If so did you find a solution or is this some sort of short coming of the controller?
Any and all comments/information is appreciated!
By the way, this is not an issue if you configure the controller to use HTTPS for the passthrough page since it will redirect port 80 connections to port 443 (just not the other way around). As far as I'm aware, this is the closest you'll get to a workaround solution. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a hassle, primarily due to having to deal with the SSL cert.
If you decide to go this route, check out this terrific document, originally published by Nicolas Darchis:
There's a LOT of extremely useful information here, including a section that covers how to manage web-login certs. I'd recommend reading through this entire doc whenever you have the time since it has several bits of info that I've never found anywhere else.
Cisco will not fix this bug though this bug is 10years old.
it will not ever be addressed. In fact, it is really a bogus request - if someone has configured their home page as https://mybank.com/myaccount - and presumably they have a cert chain installed on their client to validate that server - then it would be fraudulent (in a sense) for us to try to present some bogus cert representing us as "mybank.com". We should never try to hijack someone's https session.
Modern systems (e.g. Windows 7) are smart enough to figure out whether a given WLAN wants webauth - that's the solution.
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