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HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Table Of Contents

HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Finding Feature Information

Contents

Information About HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Secure HTTP Server and Secure HTTP Client

Certificate Authority Trustpoints

CipherSuites

How to Configure the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Declaring a Certificate Authority Trustpoint

Configuring the HTTPS Server with SSL 3.0

Prerequisites

Verifying the Configuration of the HTTPS Server

Providing Additional Security and Efficiency

Configuring the HTTPS Client with SSL 3.0

Prerequisites

Configuration Examples for the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

Related MIBs

Related RFCs

Technical Assistance

Feature Information for HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Glossary


HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0


First Published: March 31, 2003
Last Updated: February 28, 2009

The HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature provides Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version 3.0 support for the HTTP 1.1 server and HTTP 1.1 client within Cisco IOS XE software. SSL provides server authentication, encryption, and message integrity to allow secure HTTP communications. SSL also provides HTTP client authentication. HTTP over SSL is abbreviated as HTTPS.

Finding Feature Information

For the latest feature information and caveats, see the release notes for your platform and software release. To find information about the features documented in this module, and to see a list of the releases in which each feature is supported, see the "Feature Information for HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0" section.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS XE software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Contents

Information About HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

How to Configure the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Configuration Examples for the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature

Additional References

Feature Information for HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Glossary

Information About HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

To configure the HTTP with SSL 3.0 (HTTPS) feature, you should understand the following concepts:

Secure HTTP Server and Secure HTTP Client

Certificate Authority Trustpoints

CipherSuites

Secure HTTP Server and Secure HTTP Client

A secure HTTP connection means that data sent to and received from an HTTP server are encrypted before being sent out over the Internet. HTTP with SSL encryption provides a secure connection to allow such functions as configuring a router from a web browser. Cisco's implementation of the secure HTTP server and secure HTTP client uses an implementation of the SSL version 3.0. Application layer encryption provides an alternative to older methods such as having to set up a tunnel to the HTTP server for remote management. HTTP over SSL is abbreviated as HTTPS; the URL of a secure connection will begin with https:// instead of http://.

The Cisco IOS XE HTTP secure server's primary role is to listen for HTTPS requests on a designated port (the default HTTPS port is 443) and to pass the request to the HTTP 1.1 web server. The HTTP 1.1 server processes requests and passes responses (served pages) back to the HTTP secure server, which, in turn, responds to the original request.

The Cisco IOS XE HTTP secure client's primary role is to respond to Cisco IOS XE application requests for HTTPS User Agent services, perform HTTPS User Agent services on the application's behalf, and pass the response back to the application.

Certificate Authority Trustpoints

Certificate authorities (CAs) are responsible for managing certificate requests and issuing certificates to participating IPSec network devices. These services provide centralized security key and certificate management for the participating devices. Specific CA servers are referred to as "trustpoints."

The HTTPS server provides a secure connection by providing a certified X.509v3 certificate to the client when a connection attempt is made. The certified X.509v3 certificate is obtained from a specified CA trustpoint. The client (usually a web browser), in turn, has a public key that allows it to authenticate the certificate.

Configuring a CA trustpoint is highly recommended for secure HTTP connections. However, if a CA trustpoint is not configured for the routing device running the HTTPS server, the server will certify itself and generate the needed RSA key pair. Because a self-certified (self-signed) certificate does not provide adequate security, the connecting client will generate a notification that the certificate is self-certified, and the user will have the opportunity to accept or reject the connection. This option is available for internal network topologies (such as testing).

The HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature also provides an optional command (ip http secure-client-auth) that, when enabled, has the HTTPS server request an X.509v3 certificate from the client. Authenticating the client provides more security than server authentication by itself.

For additional information on certificate authorities, see the "Configuring Certification Authority Interoperability" chapter in the Cisco IOS XE Security Configuration Guide.

CipherSuites

A CipherSuite specifies the encryption algorithm and digest algorithm to use on an SSL connection. Web browsers offer a list of supported CipherSuites when connecting to the HTTPS server, and the client and server will negotiate the best encryption algorithm to use from those that are supported by both. For example, Netscape Communicator 4.76 supports U.S. security with RSA Public Key Cryptography, MD2, MD5, RC2-CBC, RC4, DES-CBC, and DES-EDE3-CBC.

For the best possible encryption, you should use a browser that supports 128-bit encryption, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 (or later), or Netscape Communicator version 4.76 (or later). The SSL_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA CipherSuite provides less security than the other CipherSuites, because it does not offer 128-bit encryption.

In terms of router processing load (speed), the following list ranks the CipherSuites from fastest to slowest (slightly more processing time is required for the more secure and more complex CipherSuites):

1. SSL_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA

2. SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5

3. SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA

4. SSL_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA

How to Configure the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

To configure the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature, complete the procedures in the following sections:

Declaring a Certificate Authority Trustpoint

Configuring the HTTPS Server with SSL 3.0

Configuring the HTTPS Client with SSL 3.0

Declaring a Certificate Authority Trustpoint

Configuring a CA trustpoint is highly recommended for secure HTTP connections. The certified X.509v3 certificate for the secure HTTP server (or client) is obtained from the specified CA trustpoint. If you do not declare a CA trustpoint, then a self-signed certificate will be used for secure HTTP connections. The self-signed certificate is generated automatically.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. hostname name

4. ip domain-name name

5. crypto key generate rsa usage-keys

6. crypto ca trustpoint name

7. enrollment url url

8. enrollment http-proxy host-name port-number

9. crl {query url | optional | best-effort}

10. primary

11. exit

12. crypto ca authenticate name

13. crypto ca enrollment name

14. copy running-config startup-config
or
copy system:running-config nvram:startup-config

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3 

hostname name

Example:

Router(config)# hostname Router

Specifies the hostname of the router.

This step is needed only if you have not previously configured a hostname for your router. The hostname is required because a fully qualified domain name is needed for security keys and certificates.

Step 4 

ip domain-name name

Example:

Router(config)# ip domain-name example.com

Specifies the IP domain name of the router.

This step is needed only if you have not previously configured an IP domain name for your router. The domain name is required because a fully qualified domain name is needed for security keys and certificates.

Step 5 

crypto key generate rsa usage-keys

Example:

Router(config)# crypto key generate rsa usage-keys

(Optional) Generates an RSA key pair.

The usage-keys keyword specifies that two RSA special-usage key pairs should be generated (that is, one encryption pair and one signature pair) instead of one general-purpose key pair.

RSA key pairs are used to sign and encrypt Internet key exchange (IKE) key management messages and are required before you can obtain a certificate for your router.

RSA key pairs are generated automatically. This command can be used to regenerate the keys, if needed.

Note There are other keywords and arguments for this command, but they do not pertain to this feature.

Step 6 

crypto ca trustpoint name

Example:

Router(config)# crypto ca trustpoint TP1

Specifies a local configuration name for the CA trustpoint and enters CA trustpoint configuration mode.

Note The crypto ca identity command was replaced by the crypto ca trustpoint command.

Step 7 

enrollment url url

Example:

Router(ca-trustpoint)# enrollment url http://example.com

Specifies a URL of the CA where your router should send certificate requests.

If you are using Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) for enrollment, the URL argument must be in the form http://CA-name, where CA-name is the host Domain Name System (DNS) name or IP address of the CA trustpoint.

Step 8 

enrollment http-proxy host-name port-number

Example:

Router(ca-trustpoint)# enrollment http-proxy example.com 8080

(Optional) Configures the router to obtain certificates from the CA through an HTTP proxy server.

Step 9 

crl {query url | optional | best-effort}

Example:

Router(ca-trustpoint)# crl query ldap://example.com

Configures the router to request a certificate revocation list (CRL), make CRL checking optional, or perform CRL checking on a "best-effort" basis.

CRLs ensure that the certificate of the peer has not been revoked.

The crl optional command configures the router to accept certificates even if the appropriate CRL cannot be downloaded.

Use the crl query url command to specify the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) URL of the CA server; for example, ldap://another-server.

Step 10 

primary

Example:

Router(ca-trustpoint)# primary

(Optional) Specifies that this trustpoint should be used as the primary (default) trustpoint for CA requests.

Use this command if more than one CA trustpoint will be configured on this router.

Step 11 

exit

Example:

Router(ca-trustpoint)# exit

Exits CA trustpoint configuration mode and returns to global configuration mode.

Step 12 

crypto ca authenticate name

Example:

Router(config)# crypto ca authenticate TP1

Authenticates the CA by getting the public key of the CA.

Use the same name that you used when declaring the CA in the crypto ca trustpoint command.

Step 13 

crypto ca enrollment name

Example:

Router(config)# crypto ca enrollment TP1

Obtains the certificate from the specified CA trustpoint.

This command requests a signed certificate from the CA for each RSA key pair.

Step 14 

copy running-config startup-config

or

copy system:running-config nvram:startup-config

Example:

Router(config)# copy running-config startup-config

Saves the configuration to NVRAM.

This command is required to save the certificates into NVRAM. If not used, the certificates would be lost at router reload.

Note To execute EXEC mode commands in global configuration mode, you can add the do keyword before the command. For example, instead of copy running-config startup-config, you could enter do copy running-config startup-config.

Configuring the HTTPS Server with SSL 3.0

To disable the standard HTTP server and configure the HTTPS server with SSL 3.0, complete the procedure in this section.

Prerequisites

If a certificate authority is to be used for certification, you should declare the CA trustpoint on the routing device before enabling the secure HTTP server.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. show ip http server status

3. configure terminal

4. no ip http server

5. ip http secure-server

6. ip http secure-port port-number

7. ip http secure-ciphersuite [3des-ede-cbc-sha] [rc4-128-sha] [rc4-128-md5] [des-cbc-sha]

8. ip http secure-client-auth

9. ip http secure-trustpoint name

10. end

11. show ip http server secure status

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

Router# show ip http server status

Example:

Router# show ip http server status


(Optional) Displays the status of the HTTP server.

If you are unsure whether the secure HTTP server is supported in the software image you are running, enter this command and look for the line "HTTP secure server capability: {Present | Not present}".

This command displays the status of the standard HTTP server (enabled or disabled).

Step 3 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 4 

no ip http server

Example:

Router(config)# no ip http server

Disables the standard HTTP server.

Note When enabling the HTTPS server you should always disable the standard HTTP server to prevent insecure connections to the same services. This is a precautionary step (typically, the HTTP server is disabled by default).

Step 5 

ip http secure-server 
Example:

Router(config)# ip http secure-server

Enables the HTTPS server.

Step 6 

ip http secure-port port-number

Example:

Router(config)# ip http secure-port 1025

(Optional) Specifies the port number that should be used for the HTTPS server. The default port number is 443. Valid options are 443 or any number in the range 1025 to 65535.

Step 7 

ip http secure-ciphersuite [3des-ede-cbc-sha] [rc4-128-sha] [rc4-128-md5] [des-cbc-sha]

Example:

Router(config)# ip http secure-ciphersuite rc4-128-sha rc4-128-md5

(Optional) Specifies the CipherSuites (encryption algorithms) that should be used for encryption over the HTTPS connection.

This command allows you to restrict the list of CipherSuites that the server offers the connecting clients. For example, you may want to allow only the most secure CipherSuite to be used.

Unless you have a reason to specify the CipherSuites that should be used, or you are unfamiliar with the details of these CipherSuites, you should leave this command unconfigured and let the server and client negotiate the CipherSuite that they both support (this is the default).

Step 8 

ip http secure-client-auth

Example:

Router(config)# ip http secure-client-auth

(Optional) Configures the HTTP server to request an X.509v3 certificate from the client in order to authenticate the client during the connection process.

In the default connection and authentication process, the client requests a certificate from the HTTP server, but the server does not attempt to authenticate the client. Authenticating the client provides more security than server authentication by itself, but not all clients may be configured for CA authentication.

Step 9 

ip http secure-trustpoint name

Example:

Router(config)# ip http secure-trustpoint trustpoint-01

Specifies the CA trustpoint that should be used to obtain an X.509v3 security certificate and to authenticate the connecting client's certificate.

Use of this command assumes you have already declared a CA trustpoint using the crypto ca trustpoint command and associated submode commands.

Use the same trustpoint name that you used in the associated crypto ca trustpoint command.

Step 10 

end

Example:

Router(config)# end

Ends the current configuration session and returns you to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 11 

show ip http server secure status

Example:

Router# show ip http server secure status

Displays the status of the HTTP secure server configuration.

Verifying the Configuration of the HTTPS Server

To verify the configuration of the HTTPS server, connect to the router running the HTTPS server with a web browser by entering https://url, where url is the IP address or hostname of the router. Successful connection using the https prefix (instead of the standard http) indicates that the HTTPS server is configured properly. If a port other than the default port is configured (using the ip http secure-port command), you must also specify the port number after the URL. For example:

https://209.165.202.129:1026 

or

https://host.domain.com:1026 

Generally, you can verify that the HTTPS server is configured and that you have a secure connection by locating an image of a padlock at the bottom of your browser window. Also note that secure HTTP connections have a URL that starts with "https:" instead of "http:".

Providing Additional Security and Efficiency

The configuration of the standard HTTP server applies to the secure HTTP server as well. To provide additional security and efficiency to both the standard HTTP server and the HTTPS server, complete the procedure in this section.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. ip http path path-name

4. ip http access-class access-list-number

5. ip http max-connections value

6. ip http timeout-policy idle seconds life seconds requests value

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3 

ip http path path-name

Example:

Router(config)# ip http path slot1:

(Optional) Sets the base HTTP path for HTML files.

The base path is used to specify the location of the HTTP server files (HTML files) on the local system. Generally, the HTML files are located in system flash memory.

Step 4 

ip http access-class access-list-number

Example:

Router(config)# ip http access-class 20

(Optional) Specifies the access list that should be used to allow access to the HTTP server.

Step 5 

ip http max-connections value

Example:

Router(config)# ip http max-connections 10

(Optional) Sets the maximum number of concurrent connections to the HTTP server that will be allowed. The default value is 5.

Step 6 

ip http timeout-policy idle seconds life seconds requests value

Example:

Router(config)# ip http timeout-policy idle 30 life 120 requests 100

(Optional) Sets the characteristics that determine how long a connection to the HTTP server should remain open. The characteristics are:

idle—The maximum number of seconds the connection will be kept open if no data is received or response data cannot be sent out on the connection. Note that a new value may not take effect on any already existing connections. If the server is too busy or the limit on the life time or the number of requests is reached, the connection may be closed sooner. The default value is 180 seconds (3 minutes).

life—The maximum number of seconds the connection will be kept open, from the time the connection is established. Note that the new value may not take effect on any already existing connections. If the server is too busy or the limit on the idle time or the number of requests is reached, it may close the connection sooner. Also, because the server will not close the connection while actively processing a request, the connection may remain open longer than the specified life time if processing is occurring when the life maximum is reached. In this case, the connection will be closed when processing finishes. The default value is 180 seconds (3 minutes). The maximum value is 86,400 seconds (24 hours).

requests—The maximum limit on the number of requests processed on a persistent connection before it is closed. Note that the new value may not take effect on any already existing connections. If the server is too busy or the limit on the idle time or the life time is reached, the connection may be closed before the maximum number of requests are processed. The default value is 1. The maximum value is 86,400.

Configuring the HTTPS Client with SSL 3.0

To configure the HTTPS client with SSL 3.0, complete the procedure in this section.

Prerequisites

The standard HTTP client and the secure HTTP client are always enabled.

A certificate authority is required for secure HTTP client certification; the following steps assume that you have previously declared a CA trustpoint on the routing device. If a CA trustpoint is not configured, and the remote HTTPS server requires client authentication, connections to the secure HTTP client will fail.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. ip http client secure-trustpoint trustpoint-name

4. ip http client secure-ciphersuite [3des-ede-cbc-sha] [rc4-128-sha] [rc4-128-md5] [des-cbc-sha]

5. end

6. show ip http client secure status

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3 

ip http client secure-trustpoint trustpoint-name

Example:

Router(config)# ip http client secure-trustpoint trustpoint01

(Optional) Specifies the CA trustpoint that should be used if the remote HTTP server requests client authentication.

Use of this command assumes you have already declared a CA trustpoint using the crypto ca trustpoint command and associated submode commands.

Use the same trustpoint name that you used in the associated crypto ca trustpoint command.

This command is optional if client authentication is not needed, or if a primary trustpoint has been configured. If the ip http client secure-trustpoint command is not used, the router will use the primary trustpoint, as specified by the primary CA trustpoint configuration mode command.

Step 4 

ip http client secure-ciphersuite [3des-ede-cbc-sha] [rc4-128-sha] [rc4-128-md5] [des-cbc-sha]

Example:

Router(config)# ip http client secure-ciphersuite rc4-128-sha rc4-128-md5

(Optional) Specifies the CipherSuites (encryption algorithms) that should be used for encryption over the HTTPS connection.

This command allows you to restrict the list of CipherSuites that the client offers when connecting to a secure HTTP server. For example, you may want to allow only the most secure CipherSuites to be used.

Unless you have a reason to specify the CipherSuites that should be used, or you are unfamiliar with the details of these CipherSuites, you should leave this command unconfigured and let the server and client negotiate the CipherSuite that they both support (this is the default).

Step 5 

end

Example:

Router(config)# end

Ends the current configuration session and returns to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 6 

show ip http client secure status

Example:

Router# show ip http client secure status

Displays the status of the HTTP secure server configuration.

Configuration Examples for the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature

The following example shows a configuration session in which the secure HTTP server is enabled, the port for the secure HTTP server is configured as 1025, and the remote CA trustpoint server "CA-trust-local" is used for certification.

Router# show ip http server status 

HTTP server status: Disabled
HTTP server port: 80
HTTP server authentication method: enable
HTTP server access class: 0
HTTP server base path: 
Maximum number of concurrent server connections allowed: 5
Server idle time-out: 600 seconds
Server life time-out: 600 seconds
Maximum number of requests allowed on a connection: 1
HTTP secure server capability: Present
HTTP secure server status: Disabled
HTTP secure server port: 443
HTTP secure server ciphersuite: 3des-ede-cbc-sha des-cbc-sha rc4-128-md5 rc4-12a
HTTP secure server client authentication: Disabled
HTTP secure server trustpoint: 

Router# configure terminal 
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)# ip http secure-server 
Router(config)# ip http client secure-trustpoint CA-trust-local 
Router(config)# ip http secure-port 1024 
Invalid secure port value.

Router(config)# ip http secure-port 1025 
Router(config)# ip http secure-ciphersuite rc4-128-sha rc4-128-md5 
Router(config)# end

Router# show ip http server secure status

HTTP secure server status: Enabled

HTTP secure server port: 1025

HTTP secure server ciphersuite: rc4-128-md5 rc4-128-sha

HTTP secure server client authentication: Disabled

HTTP secure server trustpoint: CA-trust-local

In the following example, the CA trustpoint CA-trust-local is specified, and the HTTPS client is configured to use this trustpoint for client authentication requests:

Router# config terminal
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)# crypto ca trustpoint CA-trust-local 
Router(ca-trustpoint)# enrollment url http://example.com 
Router(ca-trustpoint)# crl query ldap://example.com 
Router(ca-trustpoint)# primary 
Router(ca-trustpoint)# exit 
Router(config)# ip http client secure-trustpoint CA-trust-local 
Router(config)# end 
Router# copy running-config startup-config 

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 feature.

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

SSL 3.0

The SSL Protocol Version 3.0

This document is available from various sources online.

Standard Cisco Web Client

HTTP 1.1 Web Client

Standard Cisco Web Server

HTTP 1.1 Web Server

Certification Authority Interoperability

Configuring Certification Authority Interoperability

Certificate Autoenrollment

Certificate Enrollment Enhancements

Trustpoint CLI

Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority


Standards

Standard
Title

No new or modified standards are supported by this feature.


Related MIBs

MIBs
MIBs Link

No new or modified MIBs are supported by this feature and support for existing MIBs has not been modified by this feature.

To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco IOS XE releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/go/mibs


Related RFCs

RFCs
Description

RFC 2616

Cisco's implementation of HTTP is based on RFC 2616: Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1.


Technical Assistance

Description
Link

The Cisco Support website provides extensive online resources, including documentation and tools for troubleshooting and resolving technical issues with Cisco products and technologies.

To receive security and technical information about your products, you can subscribe to various services, such as the Product Alert Tool (accessed from Field Notices), the Cisco Technical Services Newsletter, and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds.

Access to most tools on the Cisco Support website requires a Cisco.com user ID and password.

http://www.cisco.com/techsupport


Feature Information for HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Table 1 lists the release history for this feature.

Not all commands may be available in your Cisco IOS XE software release. For release information about a specific command, see the command reference documentation.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and software image support. Cisco Feature Navigator enables you to determine which Cisco IOS XE software images support a specific software release, feature set, or platform. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.


Note Table 1 lists only the Cisco IOS XE software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given Cisco IOS XE software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that Cisco IOS XE software release train also support that feature.


Table 1 Feature Information for HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

HTTPS—HTTP Server and Client with SSL 3.0

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1

This feature provides Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version 3.0 support for the HTTP 1.1 server and HTTP 1.1 client within Cisco IOS XE software. SSL provides server authentication, encryption, and message integrity to allow secure HTTP communications. SSL also provides HTTP client authentication.

This feature is supported only in Cisco software images that support SSL. Specifically, SSL is supported in "IPSec 56" and "IPSec 3DES" images (contains "k8" or "k9" in the image name).

The following commands are introduced or modified in the feature or features documented in this module.

debug ip http ssl error

ip http client secure-ciphersuite

ip http client secure-trustpoint

ip http secure-ciphersuite

ip http secure-client-auth

ip http secure-port

ip http secure-server

ip http secure-trustpoint

show ip http client secure status

show ip http server secure status


Glossary

RSA—RSA is a widely used Internet encryption and authentication system that uses public and private keys for encryption and decryption. The RSA algorithm was invented in 1978 by Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman. The abbreviation RSA comes from the first letter of the last names of the three original developers. The RSA algorithm is included in many applications, such as the web browsers from Microsoft and Netscape. The RSA encryption system is owned by RSA Security.

SHA—The Secure Hash Algorithm. SHA was developed by NIST and is specified in the Secure Hash Standard (SHS, FIPS 180). Often used as an alternative to Digest 5 algorithm.

signatures, digital—In the context of SSL, "signing" means to encrypt with a private key. In digital signing, one-way hash functions are used as input for a signing algorithm. In RSA signing, a 36-byte structure of two hashes (one SHA and one MD5) is signed (encrypted with the private key).

SSL 3.0—Secure Socket Layer version 3.0. SSL is a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows client and server applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery. SSL uses a program layer located between the Internet's HTTP and TCP layers. SSL is included as part of most web server products and as part of most Internet browsers.