Re: [htdig] Problem with CGI

Subject: Re: [htdig] Problem with CGI
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Mon Jul 24 2000 - 10:41:45 PDT

According to Geoff Hutchison:
> At 9:52 AM -0400 7/11/00, gil cohen wrote:
> >I don't think SSL support has been put in, nor will it ever. The
> >thing I'm waiting for is multithreading.
> As Gilles mentioned, the problem with SSL is one of patent problems
> and export restrictions. Since this is an international community, it
> makes it a bit hard to do certain things. Certainly when the RSA
> patent expires in the U.S. in September, I believe life will be a bit
> easier. AFAIK at the moment, code even with *hooks* to an SSL library
> like OpenSSL would no longer fulfill the GPL in the U.S. since it
> would have unnecessary restrictions due to the patent.
> Then again, I'm not a legal expert by any means.
> However, in the 3.2 code there is support for "external transport
> scripts" so you can write a short script to grab a page based on a
> URL. This can be used to retrieve HTTPS pages and I have tested this
> approach with the program curl.
> As far as multithreading, unless someone offers to do it, we'll be
> waiting quite some time. It's certainly not on my TODO list since I
> don't have the expertise to even know where to start.

Out of curiosity, how did "curl" deal with the patent and export
restrictions on RSA? Do they have a non-GPL, non-export release
with https support, and one without?

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
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