Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Your FTP / SSL solution is really secure, right?

Well no, not really. Almost all real-world usage of FTP over SSL has problems whereby the FTP data connection can be stolen (resulting in stolen downloads or forged uploads). The problem is mainly with FTP clients - if you require end users to generate their own SSL certs and manually enable sending them to the server, you've already lost on usability grounds.

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