Proxying Solr30 Jan 2014
The dominant deployment model for Solr is running it as a standalone webapp. You can use it in embedded mode in Java but then you are missing some of the goodies like the seperate JVM (your GC will thank you for it) and you are of course tied to Java then.
Most of the time Solr is considered similar to a database; only custom webapp code can talk to it and it is not exposed to the net. In your webapp you are then using any of the client libraries to access Solr and build your queries.
A proxy needs to sit in front of the Solr server that only allows certain requests. You won't allow any requests that are potentially modifying your index or do any other harm. This can be done but you need to be aware of some things:
- You need to take extra care to only expose request handlers and parameters that you need.
- Bugs or features in Solr might expose more functionality than you expect.
- Denial of Service attacks are easier to do.
- The client side logic can get more complicated though there are libs like AJAX Solr available.
Most of the time putting Solr directly to the web is not an option, but you can, if you are willing to take some risk. I think that especially the possibility of DOS attacks shouldn't be taken lightly. The more flexibility you want to have on the query side the more care needs to be taken to secure the system. If you'd like to do it anyway see this post on how to use nginx as a proxy to Solr and this list of specialized proxies for Solr. For general instructions on securing your Solr server see the project wiki.