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Implicit vs. explicit SSL: what's the diff.?


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#1 mj

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 03:17 PM

Hi:

I am confused about the SSL modes. Whis one between 'implicit' and 'explicit' is more secure? What does each mean? I noticed that when in 'implicit' mode, the little lock on the connection is yellow and that, for 'explicit' mode, it is light blue. Does that mean that 'explicit' is less secure than 'implicit'?

#2 Louie

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 07:24 PM

Hello,

Please take a read at the following two links:

http://www.smartftp....opic.php?t=5390

http://www.smartftp....p?a=view&id=166

I hope this was of best help to you!

#3 mj

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 08:31 PM

Thanks for the quick reply, LM. The links you offered didn't tell me whether one is more secure than the other. From what I read, I am guessing that implicit is as secure as explicit, but I am not sure. I know this may not be a direct SmartFTP related question, but if you could provide more links that deal with the matter or a quick explanation, it would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
mj.

#4 Louie

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 10:08 PM

There is a very will written article on the "Globalscape-Secure FTP Server" KB. (Explicit versus Implicit).

The article should pretty much explain in fine detail, the difference between the two SSL methods.

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 10:22 PM

Exactly what I was looking for! You're the best, thanks! ;)