[LON-CAPA-admin] https for loncapa

Gerd Kortemeyer korte at lite.msu.edu
Wed Feb 11 15:15:28 EST 2009

Hi Hon-Kie,

My experience with the certificate companies has consistently been  

One possibility would be to just https the load balancing machine,  
since that is the only box where the students type in passwords.

Another possibility would of course be to use self-signed certificates  
and tell the students to ignore the warning.

- Gerd.

Please excuse brevity, sent from iPod.

On Feb 11, 2009, at 2:27 PM, "H.K. Ng" <hkng at fsu.edu> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am planning on implementing secure transactions for all the fsu  
> loncapa servers using a wildcard server certificate  
> (*.loncapa.fsu.edu) but unfortunately the servers have canonical  
> name loncapax.fsu.edu where x is a number except for the balancer  
> (loncapa.fsu.edu). So for the certificate to work, I need to rename  
> the server to something like s1.loncapa.fsu.edu (alias) for  
> loncapa1.fsu.edu (canonical name) etc. Is anyone using wildcard  
> server certificate for your loncapa servers using an alias name?  
> After some fiddling around I managed to get one server to work but  
> has not check the affect if the balancer transfers the session to  
> that server. Also, a few months ago, I noticed a number of cvs  
> commits checking if https is on but I did not see an mention of this  
> in version 2.8.0. Any idea when https will become available?
> Thanks,
> -hk
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