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Glossary : SSL client/server authentication

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SSL client/server authentication

SSL works by allowing the client and server to send each other encrypted data that only they can decrypt. SSL negotiates the terms of the encryption in a sequence of events known as the SSL handshake. The handshake involves the following types of authentication:
*SSL server authentication requires the server to authenticate itself to the client.
*SSL client authentication is optional and requires the client to authenticate itself to the server after the server has authenticated itself to the client.