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"Google Front End", the process directly between the open internet and internal Google services.


> The browser connects to the HTTP server on this IP. This server (named the Google Frontend, or GFE) is a reverse proxy that terminates the TCP connection (2). The GFE looks up which service is required (web search, maps

Historically Google terminated all security at that front door layer- hope that changed by now. But interestingly a cert issue down the pipe could easily be the root cause.

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