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Method for providing SSL/TLS of IIOP client-server Java applications via use of HTTP tunneling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200375D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a client-server framework with both Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Inter-Object Request Broker (ORB) Protocol (IIOP) transports. This framework offers development engineers the choice of either fast and efficient IIOP or secure and well-understood HTTP. This option is offered as a configurable flag with no recompilation or complicated setup.

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Method for providing SSL/TLS of IIOP client-server Java applications via use of HTTP tunneling

For client-server applications using Internet, Inter-Object Request Broker (ORB) Protocol (IIOP), a standard method to have the transport layer encrypted with Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS), does not exist. Each ORB broker provider uses different methods to provide SSL. Even for Java* ORBs, there is no interoperability between a client application and a server ORB.

For applications needing transport secured with SSL/TLS while preserving their IIOP framework investment, the current method provides a technique to implement Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) tunneling with SSL/TLS transport over Java IIOP. Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) IIOP over HTTP was described as Hypertext Inter-ORB Protocol (HTIOP). However, this is vendor-specific and not suitable for Java-Java IIOP client/server.

The disclosed invention describes a client-server framework with both HTTP and IIOP transports. This framework offers choices of either fast and efficient IIOP or secure and well-understood HTTP. This option is offered as a configurable flag with no recompilation or complicated setup.

As in the case of CORBA programming, Interface Definition Language (IDL) is the contract between client and server. From the IDL the client and server stub classes are generated using the IDL compiler. Both client and server components are implemented with the CORBA programming model.

The added artifacts for this invention include:

SERVER


In addition to the ORB server object, the server has the following:
• HTTP-Tunnel flag to indicate whether the server should start listening for ORB requests using IIOP ORB framework or HTTP listening service.

• Naming servic...