Install Varnish 3.0 with VSF (Varnish Security Firewall) on centos 6

Just finished setting up our cluster of varnish servers and its working nicely.
Using lsyncd to replicate the varnish configs, but thats for another post.

Here is a step by step on howto install varnish with VSF (Varnish Security Firewall) on centos 6.
If have already installed varnish then be sure to uninstall it before completing the steps below.

sed -i 's/SELINUX=.*/SELINUX=permissive/' /etc/sysconfig/selinux
setenforce 0

yum groupinstall "Development Tools" -y
yum install docutils pcre-devel gcc* git nano -y

cd /tmp
tar xf varnish-3.0.3.tar.gz && cd varnish-3.0.3 && ./configure
make -j3 && make install
cd -

git clone
cd VSF/

git clone
git clone
git clone
git clone

for mod in parsereq urlcode shield throttle; do
   cd libvmod-$mod
   ./ && VARNISHSRC=/tmp/varnish-3.0.3 VMODDIR=/usr/lib64/varnish/vmods ./configure && make -j3
   make install
   cd -

cd /tmp/varnish-3.0.3 
make uninstall

rpm --nosignature -i
yum install varnish -y
chkconfig varnish on

mv /tmp/VSF/ /usr/share/
cd /etc/varnish && ln -s /usr/share/VSF/vcl security

nano /etc/varnish/default.vcl

Now add:
include “/etc/varnish/security/vsf.vcl”;
edit /etc/sysconfig/varnish to change the listen port to 80

reboot and you should be good to go!


  • I have followed the same process which you have suggested but after that varnish is not getting restarted, can you please guide me where I am doing wrong

  • I don’t think taht this will work, beucase if varnish-libs and varnish-libs-devel are not installed it will print the following error:

    make[1]: Entering directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-urlcode’
    Making all in src
    make[2]: Entering directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-urlcode/src’
    make[2]: *** No rule to make target `@VMODTOOL@’, needed by `vcc_if.c’. Stop.
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-urlcode/src’
    make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-urlcode’
    make: *** [all] Error 2
    Making install in src
    make[1]: Entering directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-urlcode/src’
    make[1]: *** No rule to make target `@VMODTOOL@’, needed by `vcc_if.c’. Stop.
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-urlcode/src’
    make: *** [install-recursive] Error 1

    I installed them but it didn’t work aain on version 3.03 (on 4 it works). How can I fix this?

    Also th end print this error:

    libtool: Version mismatch error. This is libtool 2.4.2 Debian-2.4.2-1ubuntu1, but the
    libtool: definition of this LT_INIT comes from libtool 2.2.6b.
    libtool: You should recreate aclocal.m4 with macros from libtool 2.4.2 Debian-2.4.2-1ubuntu1
    libtool: and run autoconf again.
    make[1]: *** [vcc_if.lo] Error 63
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/varnish-3.0.3/VSF/libvmod-throttle/src’
    make: *** [install-recursive] Error 1

    Which version of libtool is needed?

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