Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to block flash videos / Youtube using Squid proxy Server

Youtube bandwidth eater is a main headache for network administrators . Here you can see how to block Youtube with squid.

The MIME type of youtube video  is "video/x-flv". Creating an ACL to block this is easy.
Modify squid configuration file /etc/squid/squid.conf

add the following lines in the ACL section

First, create an ACL which matches the MIME type in question:

acl deny_rep_mime_flashvideo rep_mime_type video/x-flv

Then create a HTTP Reply ACL which denies any replies with that MIME type:

http_reply_access deny deny_rep_mime_flashvideo

This has been verified to block Youtube flash video

If the content is blocked the following similar line will be seen in access.log:

2282485683.146 903 TCP_DENIED_REPLY/403 3143 GET - DIRECT/ text/html

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