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HTTPS SSL and Certificates

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Is it possible to have a HTTPS connection without a Certificate?

I ask this because I recently took a test which showed a picture of IE6 on a page that began with https://. It stated:

"Based on the information present on the window, it is correct to state that the page was downloaded using a certificate of authenticity and digital identification."

Would it be possible to have a https connection to a web page without this certificate?

I need some kind of proof of that, such as a web page.
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Question by:acerola
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by:Tacobell777
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No you cannot have a https connection without a certificate.
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by:LlamaJoe
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but you can have an https connection with only a client certificate.... of course you have to configure your web server to accept client certificates and you have to have one....

Either way, when you connect by SSL it uses the "certificate key" to determine the algorithm used to encrypt and decrypt the page as it is sent back and forth.  This requires that a key be present.
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A client certificate cannot be used for SSL (at least not on any web server I've run across).

Additionally, IE cannot do this regardless of what web server is being used.

Client certificates authenticate users and generally do not have the proper useage flags for server verification.

Tacobell777 is correct.  :-)

Dave Dietz

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Points to Dave Dietz because his answer was the most complete.

Thanks all for the help.
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