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Date:      Tue, 3 May 2011 10:12:48 -0700
From:      Bill Campbell <>
Subject:   Re: OT: Security question (openssl vs openssh)
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On Tue, May 03, 2011, Mark Moellering wrote:
> Everyone,
> I am looking into setting up a webserver to hold some very sensitive  
> information.  I am trying to figure out which is more secure, forcing  
> any web connections to be done using an ssh tunnel or forcing ssl.
> I have not been able to figure out if one is definitively much more  
> secure than another or if they are close to the same.  I would have  
> initially thought the ssh tunnel was more secure but knowing that ssl  
> can use AES-256, I am now wondering if that isn't adding a complexity  
> for little extra security.

Our solution for critical services like this is to run the
service only on a private LAN segment which is available from the
outside world only through an OpenVPN connection.  The OpenVPN
connection requires unique keys for each client which are easily
revoked if a laptop is lost or stolen or on employee termination.

It also isolates the web service from other external attacks via
insecure PHP scripts and such.

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