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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] SSL on Virtual Hosts
Date Wed, 29 Oct 2003 10:52:44 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dave [Hawk-Systems] []
>Apache2 may change this, don't know, havn't gone there yet, 
>but that has been the way it is in 1.3 for some time.

The "problem" [that HTTPS cannot support name-based VHs] is not due to
apache and will not change with apache2. It is a fundamental feature of
the HTTP and HTTPS protocols.

HTTPS is a protocol which encapsulates HTTP. HTTPS starts off with a
request to a specific TCP/IP address requesting an SSL session. There is
no way, in the existing HTTP 1.1 specification, for any webserver to get
the Hostname *before* the session is established.

Some time in the far and distant future, a hypothetical HTTP 2.0 might
contain a fix for this but there would be problems getting servers
working with the new protocol to be backwards compatible with HTTP 1.1.
Probably, IPv6 will come along first and with the astronomical number of
IPs that become available, you can just assign a different IP to each of
your SSL VHs.

Owen Boyle
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