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Need SSL/TLS support for Global Mailbox to post its events to Control Center

Most other connections are firmly secured in B2Bi/SFG/GM, with one significant exception; the ability to post events and heartbeats from Global Mailbox to Control Center (ICC or CCM). By default, CCM 6.2 disables its non-secure web port, 58082. Since heartbeats often have host names and IPs in them, that event information is considered sensitive by most file transfer teams and their information security groups. It should not be posted through plain HTTP. Additionally, credentials are passed in the clear when authenticating to Control Center without support for TLSv1.2. A suggested set of relevant properties are as follows (

- Non-secure URL to use for posting (already there) to Control Center

- Secure URL to use for posting to Control Center

- Protocol (would contain TLSv1.0 (also default), TLSv1.2, TLSv1.1, TLSv1.3 when available)

- Cipher (specify the preferred cipher between GM and ICC/CCM.

- Trust (establish the same way as dbConfigUtility does (trustAny, chooseTrust) or a path and key store name.

- Passphrase for trust store (should be encrypted like other passphrases in

- Optional: Key store (if client-side TLS is possible between GM/ICC/CCM

- Optional: Key store passphrase (same property type as trust store passphrase)

  • Guest
  • Jun 23 2021
  • Planned for future release
What is your industry? Travel & Transportation
How will this idea be used?

This idea will be used to secure connections between Global Mailbox and Control Center. Due to the fact IPs and host names, as well as credentials for authorization to post are considered sensitive, this connection should be securable and associated passphrases and passwords encryptable.

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