difference between mod_ssl & mod_digest

Posted on 2002-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
if i want to build a "Secure Website",which module should i use, mod_ssl or mod_digest.

as i know,mod_ssl could providing SSL connection through web,but every client should visit it by "https://xxxxxx",
right? if i edit my index.html to REDIRECT the visitor fro
m "" to "",the client sid
e would auto change normal connection to SSL connection ?

And,mod_digest would only encrypt the "stream code" during
the authorization,after succeed,any HTTP request would sti
ll use Normal "clear text" code to communicate,right ?

please answer my questions,it's very important to me,thank
s a lot.
Question by:wingboad
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https encryptes the complete stream
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mod_digest simply changes the encryption mode from Basic to Digest for the authorization dialog (where Basic is a weak encryption).
To use Digest authentification, you need to load the module, and then replace AuthType Basic by AuthType Digest in your .htaccess.
Keep in mind that not all browsers support Digest.
SSL is the more reliable and more secure way.

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but if i want our clients to use httpS,how could make them use it "tranparently" ? cause not all clients know to use to visit those "secure pages".
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assuming you administrate, either tell the web server to redirect any request to https, or place a index.html in corresponding directories which redirect

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ID: 6992576
so,after the redirection,all clients' requests would be
httpS automatically,right ?
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ID: 6993057
if it is done by the server, yes

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