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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Browser sends complete URL before SSL ?
Date Wed, 11 Apr 2007 06:11:50 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Puskás Zsolt ( Errotan ) [] 
> Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 5:17 PM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Browser sends complete URL before SSL ?
> Hi all.
>  I have a working apache2 server with ssl and I thought about 
> if a client 
> browser connects to the server with the URL like 
> the browser sends 
> the full url in 
> plaintext 

No - this does not happen.

> ..or connects to encrypts the channel and 
> then sends the 
> remaining /somedir/file.html ? 

Yes - sort of... The HTTPS layer is like a wrapper around the HTTP protocol. The SSL session
is established using only the TCP/IP attributes of the request (ie, IP address and port).
Once the encrypted channel is open, the HTTP frame (containing the hostname, URL, cookies,
etc.) is sent. So all client data is encrypted.

BTW, this is exactly the reason that name-based VHs can't work under SSL.

Owen Boyle
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> If it sends in plaintext I 
> have to rewrite 
> lots of php scripts for security :( .
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