I have created two CNAMEs for my (CloudFront) domains, like this:

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nslookup works, giving me the correct values for both www and d-test — but when I actually get the data, using curl or a browser, all data is retrieved from the origin pointed to by www, regardless of which URL I actually use. If I use the origin URLs, it works fine.

How is this even possible?

  • domaincontrol name servers are owned by GoDaddy but CloudFront is an Amazon product. It looks like you are either creating CNAME records in the wrong DNS system or you are confused about where your DNS is hosted. Nov 27, 2020 at 17:01
  • If you gave the real name involved people could provide relevant help. Otherwise... Nov 27, 2020 at 18:23
  • @StephenOstermiller — your first sentence is correct (except for the word “but”, which should be “and”). My domain name is hosted by GoDaddy and I wish it to point at CloudFront. The only issue was the wildcard in the CNAME I specified in CloudFront. Nov 27, 2020 at 20:42
  • @PatrickMevzek — thanks for the offer to help, but as you can see in my own answer, the act of typing out the question revealed the problem. Nov 27, 2020 at 20:43

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The greatest benefit I derive from StackExchange is that asking the question forces me to state the problem in detail.

In this case, I through in the parenthetical “(Cloudfront)” solely for completeness, but then I thought, “Hey...”

Yes, turns out, when I set up the Cloudfront distribution for www (weeks ago) I specified the “alternative CNAME”, as “*.mydomain.com” of course.

The two CNAMEs resolved to two different Cloudfront distributions, but then AWS read the HOST header in the HTTPS request, to choose which distribution to use, so it was sending all traffic to the www one, because it had the wildcard.

Correcting the two “alternative CNAME” settings on the distributions, to "www" and "d-test" respectively, fixed the problem.

(I have added the amazon-cloudfront tag to the question to help anyone with the exact same problem to find it, but presumably other CDNs work the same way.)

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