Erlang distribution through firewalls

Shawn Pearce <>
Thu Jan 15 03:54:04 CET 2004


Is this a trick question?

<sarcastic>
You (of course) create an XML based Erlang distribution protocol which
runs over HTTP, and is 10x more verbose than its actually necessary.
Then you send this data to a Yaws script running at the remote server,
and punch a hole through the firewall on port 80.  :-)
</sarcastic>

I think the right answer is don't put distribution through a firewall,
as any node can execute any code they want on the other nodes.  This
isn't exactly the most secure thing, so if a node outside the firewall
was commprimised so may be all nodes within the firewall.

So the way to do it would be to use UBF and connect up TCP sockets and
pass just UBF data between processes, where each endpoint process
filters the messages to make sure only valid things happen.


Vance Shipley <> wrote:
> 
> How do you do Erlang distribution through firewalls?
> 
> 	-Vance

-- 
Shawn.

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