how to identify remote machine uniquely in php?

how to identify remote machine uniquely in proxy server environment, i have used $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’] but all machines in proxy network has same IP Address, is there any way

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Don’t ever depend on information that is coming from the client. In this case, you’re running up against simple networking problems (you can never be sure the client’s IP address is correct), in other cases the client may spoof information on purpose.

If you need to uniquely identify your clients, hand them a cookie upon their first visit, that’s the best you can do.

Solution 2

Your best bet would be :


however, there’s no way to know if they changed their user agent or different browser.

Solution 3

You could use some other headers to help, like these ones (ones that come to mind when looking at a dump of $_SERVER) :


Using several informations coming from the client will help differenciate different clients (the more information you use, the more chances you have that at least one of those is different between two clients)…

… But it will not be a perfect solution 🙁

Depending on the kind of proxy software and it’s configuration, there might be a header called X-Forwarded-For, that you could use :

The X-Forwarded-For (XFF) HTTP header
is a de facto standard for identifying
the originating IP address of a client
connecting to a web server through an
HTTP proxy or load balancer. This is a
non-RFC-standard request header which
was introduced by the Squid caching
proxy server’s developers.

But I wouldn’t rely on that either : it will probably not always be present (don’t think its’ required)

Good luck !

Solution 4

I do not think there are other ways to do what you want. This is because the proxy server proxies the clients’ requests and acts on their behalf. So, the clients are virtually hidden from the server’s point of view. However, I may be wrong.

Solution 5

If you are aware of the proxy server, I think that implies this is some kind of company LAN. Are you in control of the LAN? Perhaps building and installing some ActiveX plugin which sends a machine-unique ID to the server might be the solution.

In general, HTTP proxy servers are not required to send the IP of their client. So every request sent by a proxy looks like it came from the proxy’s IP. (Although the wikipedia has some mention of custom headers some proxies send to forward the client’s ip.)

It gets even worse when an HTTP proxy is itself using another HTTP proxy – the server getting the request will only get the IP of the last proxy in the chain, and there’s no guarantee that the 2nd proxy is even aware that the 1st proxy wasn’t a regular client!

Solution 6

There is currently no way of doing this as you don’t get information about the MAC address, and even that can be wrong, as if there are 2 network cards like a wired one or wireless one.

The best thing to do is locally to get JavaScript to write and read to local storage and send that saved setting back to your server with an Ajax command. This still isn’t perfect as if they clear their cache, the setting is lost.

Solution 7


Remote machines do not have unique identifiers. This is impossible.

Usually developers like to track machines when the end-user visits a page with a form like a login for security reasons.

Here is what I do: I store a cookie, a session variable and use the new html5 localStorage to track folks on my sensitive pages. This is really the only way to do this accurately. The nice thing about localStorage (when browsers can do this), the end-user typically has no idea you are storing stuff on their machine and deleting cookies has no effect.

So you might make a database table with tracking details like:
timestamp, ip_address, user_agent

then let’s say you are tracking failed login attempts.. I would do this:

if(isset($_SESSION['failed_logins'])) {
        $failed_logins = $_SESSION['failed_logins'];
        $_SESSION['failed_logins'] = ($failed_logins + 1);
} else {
        $_SESSION['failed_logins'] = 1;

I would then do the same for with setcookie() and then the localStorage script..

Now I am tracking this person and know how many times they are failing a login..

I would then write this user’s data to my failed_login table as described above.

I’m sure this isn’t the answer you were looking for, but it really is the best way to track users on your site.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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