Using Apache with SSL

Earlier in this chapter, authorization and access control were discussed as two important aspects of your Web site security. This section deals with another aspect of security: making the communications between the clients and your Web server private. This is done by encrypting the communications between the clients and the server, using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

This section gives an overview of the mechanisms that are used for secure communications, as well as providing some information about the mod_ssl modification to Apache, which allows it to function as a secure Web server. This section also discusses some of the creation and manipulation of special data files that are used for secure communications. ...

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