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Check if gzip support is enabled on your webserver

By Marco on Wed Apr 11 20181 min readtips & tricks

Gzip is a file format used for file compression and decompression. It is commonly used in HTTP compression to speed up websites. However, this compression technique can be exploited using the BREACH attack. For security reasons, it may be beneficial to disable gzip compression.

However, it is not always easy to determine whether gzip support is enabled or disabled. The following curl command provides a simple command-line solution to check whether your webserver supports gzip compression:

$ curl https://your.website --silent -H "Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate" --output /dev/null -vvv

If your webserver supports gzip, then you will find the Content-Encoding response header in the result:

< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Content-Encoding: gzip

Use Docker on Windows using WSL 1 and VirtualBox

Windows Subsystem for Linux doesn't come with a Linux kernel (which WSL2 will do), which means that Docker won't work. In this article, I will explain my own personal setup that makes Docker work on WSL flawlessly by using a VirtualBox virtual machine.

Tue Aug 13 2019

Get your browser view space back

Ever wonder where all your precious view space went on websites like Medium and Hackernoon?

Tue Apr 10 2018