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Apache Phrasebook by Jesus Blanco, Daniel Lopez

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Chapter 7. SSL/TLS

This chapter gives you a brief introduction to the concepts behind SSL and provides a step-by-step guide on how to install and configure the mod_ssl Apache module. You will learn how to solve common SSL-related issues as well as how to create, sign, and install your server keys and certificates.

What Is SSL?

The SSL/TLS family of protocols (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) is used to secure communications between two end-points, usually a server and a client. When a browser accesses a web server using the HTTP protocol, the data is transmitted in the open. A third party that is able to intercept that conversation at one point in the network will be able to access and even modify the data being transmitted. A number ...

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