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From André Warnier>
Subject Re: Which Do I SSL - httpd or Tomcat?
Date Tue, 02 Jun 2009 22:16:46 GMT
Alston, Brian (US SSA) wrote:
>     What I have is 3 virtual servers (VMWare -> Windows Server 2003). One server has
Apache httpd v2.2.11 and two other servers running Apache Tomcat v6.0.18. The Tomcat servers
are independently accessible from outside of the httpd server; so, I assume that I will need
to place SSL on all three servers.
I think the question to ask is : do your Tomcat servers /have to be/ 
accessible directly, without going through httpd ?
If not, then it is possible to configure Tomcat so that it will /only/ 
accept connections from the IP address of your httpd server, and from 
nowhere else.

The point is : using HTTPS is "expensive" (all communications have to be 
encrypted, which has a cost).  So if you can make it so that the http 
<-> Tomcat connection is "private", you don't heve to use HTTPS between 

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