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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] converting to SSL
Date Tue, 28 Jun 2005 07:03:52 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hugh Williams []
> Sent: Montag, 27. Juni 2005 17:53
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] converting to SSL
> Hi;
> I have an existing Apache 1.3.33 installation.  I need to 
> introduce SSL
> capability to the server, and so have installed 2.0.54 with mod_ssl on
> the same system.  After much tinkering with SSL configuration 
> (I think I
> understand it much better now!), I have both servers up and running.
> My question:  Assuming careful comaptibility checks on the httpd.conf
> files, are there any reasons (security, operational, whatever) that I
> cannot or should not point the cgi-bin/htdocs/images aliases 
> at the same
> location and let users access the content either way?  I am 
> maintaining
> separate logfile locations; I presume that as long as I have 
> the server
> instances running as the same User/Group that there won't be 
> permission
> issues with any files created via CGI.  I would expect to start
> redirecting various portions of the content via Redirect or 
> mod_rewrite
> in the 1.3.33 instance until everything is using SSL.

As far as apache is concerned, the SSL site is just another VH that happens to work on port
443 instead of 80. So having the same content as the port 80 VH is no problem.

I'm a little puzzled as to why you might want to do this... To be clear: SSL encrypts the
pipe betwee the client and the server - it doesn't make the server more or less secure. Its
usual application is to protect confidential information while it is in transit over the public
internet. For example, when a client uploads the contents of a form submission or when the
server delivers personal information to the client. There's not much point SSLising a public

Owen Boyle
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> Is this as simple as it appears or are there gotchas lurking in the
> works that I am overlooking?
> Thanks!
> hugh
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