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Managed Plugin Updates: Allowing Flywheel’s AI tools through a firewall

Updated on September 10th, 2021

If requests to update your website from Managed Plugin Updates are denied by a WAF (web application firewall), you may need to modify the WAF’s allowed list to ensure Flywheel’s AI tools can access your site.

Requests will contain the header named autoupdater and originate from one or more of the following IP addresses:

Allowing access to Cloudflare’s WAF

If you are using Cloudflare’s WAF, you can allow access by adding a rule via one of the following methods:

By header name:

any(http.request.headers.names[*] == "autoupdater")


any(http.request.uri.args["autoupdater"][*] == "api")


any(http.request.uri.args.names[*] == "autoupdater_nonce")

Learn more about Cloudflare WAF rules here.

Configuring IP Access Rules for Cloudflare

To create an IP Access Rule, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Cloudflare account.
  2. Select your domain.
  3. Click the Firewall app.
  4. Click on the Tools tab.
  5. Under IP Access Rules, enter the following details:
  6. Enter the Value as an IP, IP range, or two-letter country code.
  7. Select an Action.
  8. Select whether the rule applies to This website or All websites in the account.
  9. (Optional) add a Note (i.e. Payment Gateway).
  10. Click Add.

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