Colm Buckley, Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 09:20:47AM +0100:
> The reason is that, with HTTP, virtual hosts are selected using the Host:
> header in the HTTP request. While this is available with HTTPS, the HTTP
> request isn't sent until after the certificates have been exchanged - and
> the hostname of the website is hardwired into the certificate. Other
This won't necessarily pose problems - the only problem was that site
name verification against the "name on papers" (the Common Name) of the
certificate failed. But most browsers nowadays support the AltCN field
in a x.509 certificate, so - provided you can get your hands on a
multiple-CN certificate, even this problem is solved and you _can_ run
multiple https sites on the same ip:port.
Altought I don't know how impossible it may be to obtain a multple-CN
crt from a commercial certification authority, with private authorities
(eg: my employer's) it may be a lot easier.
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- to the bells of the cathedral - I am thinking of your voice"
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