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Language: Security
Expertise: Beginner
Dec 14, 1998

RDS and SSL

Question:
We are using Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise, Remote Data Services (RDS) 2.0, Internet Explorer (IE) 4.0, Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0, and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0. In RDS 2.0, we are using the DataSpace class (specifically the CreateObject method) to create proxy objects of our custom business objects. In SSL 3.0, we will have Client Authorization set. When calling a custom business object method, will the transaction be secure given the above scenario? Is it just a matter of properly setting SSL and setting the first parameter of the DataSpace.CreateObject method to "https://MyWebSite"?

Answer:
HTTPS is secure HTTP and is also used on the Web. HTTPS encodes both sides of the line so that communication between the client and the server cannot be deciphered if unauthorized parties are listening. When using HTTPS, specify Web server as the second argument with the HTTPS prefix. The following code demonstrates this.

  Set object = _
  DataSpace.CreateObject("ProgId", _
    "https://")
RDS is an awesome technology! You will reap its benefits quickly.
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