I wrote something this weekend.

TinyWebRedirector v1.0 - Redirects HTTP Requests
Copyright (C) 2015 Joseph Ryan Ries

Install:   TinyWebRedirector -install
Uninstall: TinyWebRedirector -uninstall

I wrote this micro web server for all the sysadmins out there who have an internal Active Directory that shares the same DNS name as their public domain name. Let's say your internal AD domain name is contoso.com. Your public website is also contoso.com. In this scenario, internal employees at the office cannot reach your public website by entering http://contoso.com into their web browsers, because contoso.com internally resolves to the IP address of one of your AD domain controllers. This has lead to messy solutions, such as installing IIS on each domain controller, for the sole purpose of redirecting requests on port 80 to www.contoso.com. But installing IIS on your domain controllers is not a great idea.

TinyWebRedirector is more suited to this purpose because:

  • It is tiny. The image file is 110KB, and runs with a ~2.6MB working set. It requires no redistributable DLLs.
  • It does one thing and one thing only. This translates to a much smaller potential attack surface than a large web server such as IIS.
  • It is written in C, and so does not require .NET. Will run on any Windows machine Vista/2008 or greater.
  • The listening port (default 80) and the URL to redirect visitors to is configurable in the registry at HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TinyWebRedirector. Restart the service for changes to take effect.
  • The service runs as Local Service. This is a much safer configuration than services that run as Local System.

Please let me know if you find any bugs or weaknesses.

Github repository is here.

The compiled and signed x64 binary is here:

TinyWebRedirector.exe (112.8KB)

Comments (2) -

fantastic tool!!!!   I want to sell it!

It's free! Smile

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