If you’re using PHP and wanting to check to make sure the incoming connections came over HTTPS, you are probably using the
The problem is, if your servers are behind a load balancer which handles SSL encryption for you, this method of checking won’t work. Fortunately, there are other headers added by the load balancer you can use to detect SSL. They are the
$headers["X-Forwarded-For"] == 126.96.36.199 (because
$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] is going to give you the load balancer’s IP address)
$headers["X-Forwarded-Port"] == 443
$headers["X-Forwarded-Proto"] == https
These headers should work with all loadbalancers, including Amazon’s ELB on EC2.