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Re: Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services

how to disable port 80
On Friday 31 January 2003 18:33, Mike Champion wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Jan 2003 11:57:43 -0500, Rich Salz <rsalz@d...> wrote:
> > SOAP over HTTP is architecturally no worse than HTTP POST:  both are
> > sending data and requesting that a server act upon it.
> Yup.  Is SOAP in an incompetently designed application and incompetently
> administered environment any worse than CGI, ASP, or any other tool for
> coupling client processing with server-side code via HTTP?

One point of difference, I believe, is that CGI/ASP over HTTP POST is usually 
used for human interactions - there is an HTML page somewhere with a form 
that specifies that POST; it's a very visible thing for administrators to 

However, when that POST is hidden inside a REST Web service client, or it's 
SOAP over HTTP from a SOAP client, there is a danger that it can slip in 

So leave port 80 outgoing open on your workstation cluster, but not incoming.

Web services that are the only instance of their kind - eg, where the API in 
use is one specific to that service, rather than an instance of a general 
service - could well all sit on the same general 'Web service over HTTP' 
port, since they are served from Out There on the Internet. A firewall admin 
wanting to select which ones his users can access is doing a similar task, in 
effect, to a firewall admin who wants to limit what Web sites they can 
access, so it's fair to expect him to peek inside the HTTP headers enough to 
look at the URL, and the destination IP address.

That one port for general Web services might be best kept away from port 80 
for a number of reasons; it is conceptually distinct from the human oriented 
communications on port 80, for a start.

But an HTTP-based protocol for, say, instant messaging should have a port 
unto itself where firewall admins can selectively enable or disable incoming 
traffic to their workstation cluster!


A city is like a large, complex, rabbit
 - ARP


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