[erlang-questions] Node communication over insecure links

Alex <>
Thu Nov 20 17:38:06 CET 2008

Hey all,

Tried digging around the archives for this one, but didnt come up with much.

Just started playing with Erlang a few weeks ago, and like it a lot.  Nice
breath of fresh air after spending years fighting with shared memory thread
programming. :)

Anyway, my question is in regard to communication between instances over
insecure networks and/or nodes.  The case example is a network of IRC
servers.  Having all nodes in the same Erlang instance would be nice, and
would make cross server communication a snap. Only issue is that if someone
intercepts the magic cookiee, they gain access to all nodes,  Not a good

Is there any way to encrypt node communication over SSL in the default
runtime, or is this something that would have to be handed off to user code
in a port?  Another thing that would be nice to have is the ability to
authenticate remote nodes based on priv/pub key authentication, possible?
or does it fall into roll you own terratory?

thanks in advance,

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