[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
thing.

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,

--Alex
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