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From Kan Zhang <...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject Re: HTTP transport?
Date Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:45:57 GMT

On 10/14/09 9:37 AM, "Doug Cutting" <cutting@apache.org> wrote:

> Kan Zhang wrote:
>> One problem I see with using HTTP is that it's expensive to provide data
>> encryption. We're currently adding 2 authentication mechanisms (Kerberos and
>> DIGEST-MD5) to our existing RPC. Both of them can provide data encryption
>> for subsequent communication over the authenticated channel. However, when
>> similar authentication mechanisms are specified for HTTP (SPNEGO and HTTP
>> DIGEST, respectively), they don't provide data encryption (correct me if I'm
>> wrong). For data encryption over HTTP, one has to use SSL, which is
>> expensive.
> Java supports using Kerberos-based encryption for TLS (nee SSL):
> http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/guide/security/jsse/JSSERefGuide.html#KRB

This addresses part of my concern (the Kerberos part). I wasn't aware Java
already supports it. Thanks for pointing it out.


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