User talk:Eighty5cacao/misc/CDN URL notes

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Scratch work for Akamai[edit]

http://seclists.org/bugtraq/2000/Oct/294

To be cited later because it mentions:

  • Prior to Oct. 18, 2000 (i.e. a lot earlier than we need to worry about), a248.e.akamai.net did not properly verify that the origin server specified by the URL was authorized to be accessed by an Akamai client. This could have been useful for phishing.
  • The official servicemark for the a248.e.akamai.net service tier was "FreeFlow" (TODO: is this still true today?).
  • A 503 response from Akamai can indicate that the origin server has an expired certificate.

--Eighty5cacao 20:52, 4 December 2012 (MST) (last edit 22:04, 8 December 2012 (CST))

Some searching told me that the name "FreeFlow(SM)" is not specific to the HTTPS support and more likely refers to Akamai's DNS architecture. Also, here(PDF) is some more detailed info on the URL paths for the service tier in question. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 22:11, 8 December 2012 (CST) (last edit 22:31, 4 February 2013 (CST))
Further, the subfolder that looks like a hostname is usually the same as any custom (Edgesuite) domain name that the customer has configured; it does not usually identify the origin server. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 07:46, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

FSF-sanctioned terminology[edit]

Does the Free Software Foundation have any specific suggestions for an alternative to the "content delivery network" terminology? I don't see any such alternative in the relevant section of their essay. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 22:03, 8 December 2012 (CST)

Best guess so far: They'd probably call it a "distributed cache" (or "distributed web cache" if disambiguation were necessary). --Eighty5cacao (talk) 18:17, 22 December 2012 (CST)

Other brain dumps[edit]

  • What the HTTPS Everywhere team calls a "bucket" is more commonly called a "distribution" (at least for Amazon CloudFront; cite others)
  • Mention something about CloudFront's "custom SSL" support (anything special worth paying attention to?)

--Eighty5cacao (talk) 07:48, 25 March 2014 (UTC)