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Re: workability (or otherwise) of HTTP upgrade

From: William A. Rowe Jr. <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 03:30:26 -0600
Message-ID: <4CF615B2.9010304@rowe-clan.net>
To: Greg Wilkins <gregw@webtide.com>
CC: "Eric J. Bowman" <eric@bisonsystems.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, hybi <hybi@ietf.org>
On 11/26/2010 6:55 AM, Greg Wilkins wrote:
> 
> And do you get similar feeling to think about using the CONNECT method
> to establish tunnels for arbitrary protocols?

CONNECT suffers from the same issues you identify is deploying a new port.
Namely, http servers will reject those requests.  Leveraging CONNECT
successfully would require additional HTTP-level authentication to identify
users and prevent abuse (as most proxies do).  Restructuring the internet,
whether it is adding a new port to unblock, or permitting specific classes
of CONNECT traffic, would be a similar battle.
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