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The proxy could not connect to destination in time (how to whitelist)


I have a problem, when I try to view a big pdf file on a site (unfortunately I can't post the url, because it's a business site, which requires a log on) and get the "The proxy could not connect to destination in time" error. Without the proxy I can view the file normaly. I would like to know what can I do (or which rule prevents me from viewing) to solve this issue.

Thank you and best regards

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Re: The proxy could not connect to destination in time (how to whitelist)


this error message normally means, that connection to external site could not be established. So connection ran into TCP or HTTP timeout (2 minutes by default). In general, this is a HTTP status code beginning with 5XX.


You can check the HTTP response with rule trace. Capture it, reproduce the issue, then select the proper download request in the rule trace, click on top properties and you will see the status code which should be 502 for example.


But to properly troubleshoot this, debug data like feedback file, rule trace, tcpdump and connection traces are needed since whole connection could fail or specific GET request within the connection (in case it is HTTPS).


You can run a test by creating a global bypass rule to see if issue is policy or network related but most-likely it is network related.
Example rule which 100% bypasses your traffic for testing purpose:
Client.IP equals <your client IP>, Action: Stop Cycle, Event: Enable HTTP Tunnel

Move this rule to top of the rule set, save the change and try again. In case it works, you will see the PDF in case it fails, you theoretically/technically should see a browser block page now (if it is HTTPS), since MWG sends HTTP response (block page) to HTTPS request in browser.


If you cannot further figure out the problem, I would advise to open a SR and attach above mentioned debug data. You can also PM me the SR number that I can take over this if you want.

Marcel Kutrieba
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Re: The proxy could not connect to destination in time (how to whitelist)


Hope you are doing well.


If the timeout here is coming into picture, then you increase timeout for this particular traffic.


Look for Timeout Exceeded  part in above link.


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