Where to Place nginx as reverse proxy

Hi all

Maybe It Is a stupid question… but where Is the best location fir nginx reverse proxy…with security in mind?
Inside ipfire server or in the same different server running apache?

Thanx for your feedback

Here are the research findings from my consultation with ChatGPT4 on this matter. Rather than asking “which option is better,” the more appropriate question is “what are the trade-offs?” This allows you to make a rational decision based on your specific needs and constraints.

Personally, I always chose to reduce IPFire surface of attach, therefore I prefer option 2.

Option 1: Nginx Reverse Proxy on IPFire


  1. Simplified Routing: No need for port-forwarding rules, as the reverse proxy resides on the firewall itself.
  2. Reduced Latency: Traffic doesn’t have to pass through an extra hop inside the LAN, slightly reducing latency.
  3. Ease of Management: Consolidating the firewall and reverse proxy functions on one machine simplifies management.


  1. Resource Utilization: Running Nginx on IPFire may consume resources, potentially affecting firewall performance.
  2. Security Concerns: Any vulnerabilities in Nginx could potentially expose the firewall to risks.
  3. Limited Scalability: Hardware limitations of the IPFire device could constrain the performance of the reverse proxy.

Option 2: Nginx Reverse Proxy Inside the LAN


  1. Resource Isolation: The firewall and reverse proxy are isolated, reducing the risk of one affecting the other’s performance.
  2. Security: A compromise of the reverse proxy won’t directly compromise the firewall.
  3. Scalability: Easier to scale the reverse proxy independently of the firewall, as they are on separate machines.


  1. Complexity: Requires proper port-forwarding rules in IPFire.
  2. Increased Latency: An additional hop is introduced, potentially increasing latency.
  3. Multiple Points of Management: Requires managing both the IPFire settings and a separate machine for the reverse proxy.


Option 1 is simpler but could affect firewall performance and security. Option 2 is more complex and introduces an extra hop but offers better isolation and scalability. Choose based on your specific requirements and constraints.


Thanks for the answer.
I think i Will follow opt. 2


How about in the DMZ.