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Reverse HTTP tunneling for firewall traversal

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dc.contributor.advisor Hari Balakrishnan. en_US Sit, Eric N., 1977- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US 2005-08-24T19:34:34Z 2005-08-24T19:34:34Z 2000 en_US 2000 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.B. and M.Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaf 104). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes a reverse hypertext tunneling protocol that allows a web browser from outside a firewall to access a web server inside a firewall. Reverse HTTP utilizes pre-existing proxy services to create a transparent and scalable method to tunnel through a firewall. Reverse HTTP provides an excellent solution to the problem of providing controlled access to firewall protected resources. This is because unlike traditional firewall traversal methods, reverse HTTP is completely software based and requires no changes to the existing firewall configuration. Reverse HTTP works because it tunnels traffic in a form which a web proxy server on the firewall allows to pass. A Java software implementation has been developed and tested to demonstrate the usefulness and efficacy of the reverse HTTP protocol. This experimental implementation proves that a portable, scalable solution can be developed with comparable performance characteristics to a normal web proxy. Although the implementation can be used to view protected web sites, it does not compromise the overall network security. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Eric N. Sit. en_US
dc.format.extent 104 leaves en_US
dc.format.extent 5030099 bytes
dc.format.extent 5029857 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.title Reverse HTTP tunneling for firewall traversal en_US
dc.title.alternative Reverse HyperText Transfer Protocol tunneling for firewall traversal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.B.and M.Eng. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 46894281 en_US

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