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Posted on 2004-08-10
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I recently installed SelfSSL (www.virtualwin.com/selfssl) after a few attempts I managed to install it however I have a problem.

When I first loaded my site it came up with the security warning the address was http://localhost.
Then the page said "can't show please use https://...."
I changed the address to https://localhost in the internet options and reloaded I.E
The little symbol in the corner moved as though the page was loading but nothing happens, it just keeps "loading".

Sometimes it will load the page with https:// but doesnt give the cecurity warning.

Any ideas what's causing this delay?
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by:adg080898
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http://www.virtualwin.com/selfssl doesn't work today. Shows come catchall page. Is it correct?
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by:Kegan5
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I don't know why that's coming up,it should be working. :(
Anyhow the problem I have now is when I access my site with HTTP://localhost there is a message saying please use https as ssl is installed...so I type in https://localhost and the site keeps loading and loading but doesn't actually load? any ideas? It doesn't time out either.
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by:adg080898
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Try using telnet to do the request, so you can see what the server is sending:

Click Start
Run
telnet
open localhost 443
GET https://localhost/ HTTP/1.0
[press enter again]

Note that you can't backspace when typing the "GET https..." part, if you make a typo you must start over (close telnet and restart instructions above).

The server should produce a page, probably a page complaining that your request wasn't a proper HTTPS request. What happens?
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by:Kegan5
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Am I supposed to wait after the line "open localhost 443" because nothing happens it's like it's still loading...and if I try to continue with the GET line it overwrites the 1st line "welcome....?
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by:Kegan5
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apologies I've just realised the link above should be www.visualwin.com/selfssl I'm really sorry!
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Yes, it makes a mess on the screen.. don't worry about it. Just start typing the GET...
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The point of this is to see what the server sends you when you connect to the SSL port and send a request.

Try connecting to a real ssl site and typing some garbage GET line and hit enter twice. Telnet will show you the raw data send from the host.

Try this and you'll see what I mean:

in telnet:
open www.winguides.com 443
GET https://www.winguides.com/security/password.php HTTP/1.0
[hit enter twice]

Just start typing GET immediately after hitting enter on the open command. I know, it sends "bad request" page. The point is it responds to the request.
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I have seen internet explorer get all messed up when the response does not have valid headers. Sometimes, if the response has invalid or unrecognizable headers, internet explorer will just sit there. Viewing source sometimes shows garbage, sometimes nothing happens when you view source! :)

This is why I suggest checking the response it sends.
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by:Kegan5
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Ive done that telnet thing but it still wont do anything...just keeps looping
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Go into a command prompt and type netstat -a.

You should see several things in a LISTENING state.

It shows a "name:port" list. Name will be your local computer name.

Is there an entry LISTENING on port 443?
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by:Kegan5
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It doesn't say port 443 but it has something about https go to the link below it's a screenshot.
http://web.1asphost.com/kegan5/cmd.JPG
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Try https://LappyK/

Does that make a difference? It could be because the SSL is expecting to be a different name. You might have to set the internet domain for the server to "be" somewhere in selfssl config. It uses computer name by default.
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