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May 10, 2022

HTTP/3 in the frontend and HTTP/2 in the backend


I'm lost. I have two virtual servers, one listening for HTTP/2 and one listening to HTTP/3. With the HTTP/2 one the requests to the backend pool members happen over HTTP/2 but with the HTTP/3 profile it falls back to HTTP/1.1

Does anyone have any idea how I could solve this problem?


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  • Hey kobedan 

    Thanks for the explanation and screenshot. 

    My guess is that H/3 on clientside will mean drop to H/1 on serverside... in a similar way to in "gateway mode" H/2 on clientside does H/1 on serverside.

    What you're expecting is to have serverside drop to H/2 instead of H/1

    The solution article does not explain the expected behaviour in that scenario. Give me a day to see what I can test and report back. I would also encourage a support case on this to understand the expected behaviour. DM me your support case so I can also track it internally.

  • Hi kobedan 

    Are you on v15? As there is no support for serverside H/3 and QUIC:

    --snippet from the article--

    In this experimental implementation of HTTP/3 and QUIC, the BIG-IP system offers the following features and requirements:

    • To enable proxy support for HTTP/3, you must configure the virtual server with HTTP/3 and QUIC profiles as well as enable the HTTP MRF Router setting. 
    • You must use HTTP/3 and QUIC together. Using QUIC without HTTP/3 is not supported.
    • Using QUIC and HTTP/3 on the server side is not supported in this implementation.
    • On the Configuration utility, you must set the Protocol option to UDP. The QUIC and HTTP/3 profile options will then be available for selection.
    • QUIC works only with TLSv1.3. The BIG-IP system provides the default clientssl-quic profile that you should use as a parent profile to customize your own Client SSL profile.
    • kobedan's avatar
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      Hi shsingh 

      I'm using version 16. 

      My problem is not that I can't use HTTP/3 on the server side, i know that that won't work. But the problem is that when using HTTP/3 client side the server side isn't using HTTP/2. I know that HTTP/2 on the server side works because when using HTTP/2 on the client side I have HTTP/2 on the server side working with the same HTTP/2 profile.

      When forcing HTTP/2 always on by switching activation mode from ALPN to always I get this error in my Chrome browser:

      And this error on Firefox: