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Re: HTTPS

by Cirollo (Friar)
on Aug 16, 2001 at 17:42 UTC ( #105365=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to HTTPS

HTTPS is HTTP encapsulated in a SSL/TLS (Secure Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security) stream. This means that the stream is encrypted using a symmetric cipher for privacy. A MAC (Message Authentication Code), which is a one-way hash of the message, is used reliability and authentication.

See RFC 2246 if you're interested in the actual workings of TLS or RFC 2068 for details on HTTP/1.1 (note that these are the actual protocol specifications, so they're quite long and very technical)

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