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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] https problem
Date Thu, 24 Nov 2005 08:50:16 GMT
Plain text please...

Assume you set up two or more name-based VHs on port 80 (plain HTTP). Then you set up a single
SSL VH on port 443. Now, HTTPS to any domain will go to the SSL VH.

SSL will "work" in that you won't get an error and the session will be encrypted but you will
get *warnings* that the URL in the browser doesn't match the site name in the SSL certificate.
This is not very useful for e-commerce... (would you type in your credit card number on a
site called "nice-shop" when the browser was warning you that the cert belonged to "nasty-hacker"?)

If you try to add additional SSL VHs, apache will always use the certificate from the first
SSL VH to establish a session so you still get warnings.

Owen Boyle
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-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Di Croce []
Sent: Donnerstag, 24. November 2005 00:43
Subject: Re: [users@httpd] https problem

I assume and resolve to the same IP address. 
If so, https to either domain will go to <IP address>:443.
Remember that SSL cannot use the Hostname to distinguish sites, so the two requests look the
same to apache and so you get the first VH on IP:443.

Owen Boyle
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I have been planning to build a server with multiple virtual hosts. The idea is that each
host could have web stores, but when it came time to actually get credit card info, they would
forward you to the one host on the box that was on port 443 (via an https link)... This page
would get the card number and process the order... Of course, when they go to this page, the
domain in the URL in their browser would change... but thats OK...

This should work, right?

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