Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 SP9 Administrator's Guide

SSL and TLS Protocols

The Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 supports the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols for encrypted communication. SSL and TLS are application independent, and higher level protocols can be layered transparently on them.

SSL and TLS protocols support a variety of ciphers used to authenticate the server and client to each other, transmit certificates, and establish session keys. Clients and servers can support different cipher suites, or sets of ciphers, depending on factors such as which protocol they support, company policies on encryption strength, and government restrictions on export of encrypted software. Among other functions, the SSL and TLS handshake protocols determine how the server and client negotiate which cipher suites they will use to communicate.

Procedure To Communicate with LDAP Using SSL

You should require your Administration Server to communicate with LDAP using SSL. To enable SSL on your Administration Server, perform the following steps:

  1. Access the Administration Server and choose the Global Settings tab.

  2. Click the Configure Directory Service link.

  3. Select Yes to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for connections.

  4. Click Save Changes.

  5. Click OK to change your port to the standard port for LDAP over SSL.