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SSL and the CGI space...

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SSL and the CGI space...

Im relatively new to the PHP/MySQL scene so Im still not sure of everything the F9 webspace has to offer. I know you can use SSL on your normal webspace, but is it possible to use it on the cgi space? Im building a PHP/MySQL site which involves processing personal data and I just wondered how I can try and make the transfer of the data a little more secure.

Thanks for any help ppl!

Dan Jarvis
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SSL and the CGI space...

Help on using SSL in your webspace is provided on the Secure Socket Layer page.

Unfortunately, that page does give the impression that SSL is available for use on the CGI server, but this is not, in fact, the case. (The page speaks of "any CGI script you use to collate or transfer data collected by this method", which gives a misleading impression. In reality, the only CGI script available is the Force9-provided formmail script.)
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ok, never mind Sad Thanks for your assistance!

Dan
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...is there a use?

I have been going through all the goodies that force9 provide, and I really cannot think of a use for this one!

Has anyone applied SSL to the non-CGI space in a useful way? Can anyone think of a useful application for it (other than the FormMail)? Is it just me that cant see a point to it??

Dan
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Grafter
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Registered: 13-08-2007

SSL and the CGI space...

I can't see why F9 provide SSL for a form mail script but not for the cgi server that can run php!

I was trying to install a payment module for an e-commerce site but this needs both PHP and SSL to run. Surely this is a relatively common request?

I would think that full SSL and cgi functionality available under a users domain (rather than cgi.domain.com) is a minimum if F9 wish to appeal to the commerical hosting market.

This is certainlly something I would like to see! Cool
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If it was provided I would imagine it would be in the format of https://cgi.force9.net/username/ since the SSL webspace is https://homepages.force9.net/username/
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Grafter
Posts: 55
Registered: 13-08-2007

SSL and the CGI space...

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If it was provided I would imagine it would be in the format of https://cgi.force9.net/username/


It probably would!

However, that is off putitng for someone seeking commercial hosting. The benfit of having a domain name hosted on F9 could be lost as soon as you run scripts or use SSL.

Since SSL provides consumer confidence, if the secure URL starts losing consistancy with the domain, many people get confused and may choose not to trust the SSL. This then negates the benefit of SSL!

F9 remain a good ISP and my ADSL service is great. However, the hosting setup is causing me lots of problems and the sites I write will probably have to live elsewhere.
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I too agree that it is daft that SSL is not available for cgi server, the very place it's needed. I think that there has been sufficient noise on this matter for f9 to take the hint..

BTW there is one good reason for running SSL on the http and that's we can add the 's' to http:// on the portal login and secure our form POST.
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If it was to be https://www.mydomain.co.uk/ then it would be x number of SSL Certificates needed, as opposed to just one, which would then mean you would need to pay extra
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Well i've got SSL running on my html site, should i need it, and that was issued to homepages.force9.net which to me suggests only one certificate for all sites hosted on homepages.

I do not see the difference between homepages..... and cgi.force9.net
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I was responding to recreate from july (as I hadn't seen it til just now)