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From Justin Pasher <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Question about SSL and Apache and a certificate error
Date Mon, 29 Sep 2008 21:40:49 GMT
Mike Soultanian wrote:
> Justin Pasher wrote:
>> You can simplify this a bit by saying "redirect anything that is not 
>> going to". However, you'll have to put the rewrite 
>> directives inside the <VirtualHost> configuration for the SSL version 
>> of the site, as the .htaccess file is run after a connection is 
>> established with the browser.
>> RewriteEngine on
>> RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.csulb\.edu$
>> RewriteRule ^/(.*)$$1 [R=permanent,L]
> Hey Justin,
> But will this still avoid the certificate error that is received upon 
> going to  According to a previous reply, Eric said 
> that the SSL handshake is handled before the redirect.
> thanks,
> Mike

If you do it within the apache config, the server will send the 302 
redirect header before trying to exchange any SSL key related 
information. Once they have been kicked over to, 
the normal SSL handshake will occur, since they will not hit the rewrite 

Justin Pasher

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