Chapter 10. SSL Offloading

More users today are using e-commerce applications to carry out a variety of financial or confidential transactions over the Internet, and securing those connections has become a must. Because HTTP inherently does not have any form of encryption or strong authentication, there is a need to provide confidentiality, authentication, and encryption so that e-commerce applications can be trusted and used confidently by consumers.

The Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol was introduced to fill the security gap left by HTTP. SSL provides not only encryption for the packets sent between the client and the server, it provides authentication between them. The processes for this authentication are CPU intensive and are a bottleneck ...

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