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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] DocumentRoot for http and SSL
Date Thu, 08 May 2003 07:36:51 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: kulkarni veena []

>My question is : is it good to keep the DocumentRoot
>of http files and ssl files seperate?

It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Normally, your plain HTTP
site is served on port 80 and your SSL site is on port 443. So that
means you have two port-based VirtualHosts in your config. There is
nothing technically wrong if the two VHs have same DocRoot - but it
means that you can view the same site via HTTP or via HTTPS. Is this
what you want?

Most people use SSL because they have a some pages that they want to be
secured - for example, a form that users have to fill in with
confidential information. You usually want to avoid that the user can
fill in this form via plain HTTP and force him to use SSL for his own
protection. Typically, you'd do it like this:

Listen ip:80
<VH ip:80>
  DocRoot /home/html

Listen ip:443
<VH ip:443>
  DocRoot /home/ssl


	http://servername/plain-page.html -> /home/html/plain-page.html


	https://servername/ssl-page.html -> /home/ssl/ssl-page.html

That way you keep the ssl pages out of the plain html webspace so that
you won't have a user accidentally accessing the form under plain HTTP
and thus maybe compromising his confidential data.

Owen Boyle
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>i.e say
>for http: /path/to/httpfiles
>for ssl: /path/to/sslfiles
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