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Hands-On Network Programming with C

By : Lewis Van Winkle
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Hands-On Network Programming with C

By: Lewis Van Winkle

Overview of this book

Network programming enables processes to communicate with each other over a computer network, but it is a complex task that requires programming with multiple libraries and protocols. With its support for third-party libraries and structured documentation, C is an ideal language to write network programs. Complete with step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical examples, this C network programming book begins with the fundamentals of Internet Protocol, TCP, and UDP. You’ll explore client-server and peer-to-peer models for information sharing and connectivity with remote computers. The book will also cover HTTP and HTTPS for communicating between your browser and website, and delve into hostname resolution with DNS, which is crucial to the functioning of the modern web. As you advance, you’ll gain insights into asynchronous socket programming and streams, and explore debugging and error handling. Finally, you’ll study network monitoring and implement security best practices. By the end of this book, you’ll have experience of working with client-server applications and be able to implement new network programs in C. The code in this book is compatible with the older C99 version as well as the latest C18 and C++17 standards. You’ll work with robust, reliable, and secure code that is portable across operating systems, including Winsock sockets for Windows and POSIX sockets for Linux and macOS.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Title Page
About Packt

Chapter 9. Loading Secure Web Pages with HTTPS and OpenSSL

In this chapter, we'll learn how to initiate secure connections to web servers using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). HTTPS provides several benefits over HTTP. HTTPS gives an authentication method to identify servers and detect impostors. It also protects the privacy of all transmitted data and prevents interceptors from tampering with or forging transmitted data.

In HTTPS, communication is secured using Transport Layer Security (TLS). In this chapter, we'll learn how to use the popular OpenSSL library to provide TLS functionality.

The following topics are covered in this chapter:

  • Background information about HTTPS
  • Types of encryption ciphers
  • How servers are authenticated
  • Basic OpenSSL usage
  • Creating a simple HTTPS client