Which servlet engines support HTTPS (SSL) connections?

Richard Raszka

Most Servlet Engines should support HTTPS (SSL) Connections if they are used as a plug-in to common HTTP servers such as Netscape, IIS and Apache. The reason for this is that the Web Server will provide the HTTPS connection between the client and the Web Server.

However, one draw back of this mechanism is that the communication from the Web Server to the Servlet engine may not be HTTPS but either a proprietory protocol (such as OSE for WebSphere for remote installs) or a TCP/IP connection to the Servlet engine or via the plug-in protocol (if local). In most cases this may not be an issue but if data is still required to be encrypted between the Web Server and Servlet Engine an IPSec or SOCKS solution can be provided to handle comms to the Servlet Engine.