Technical Documentation

SRX 210 Services Gateway Secure Web Access Overview

You can manage an SRX 210 services gateway remotely through the J-Web interface. To communicate with the services gateway, the J-Web interface uses Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). HTTP allows easy Web access but no encryption. The data that is transmitted between the Web browser and the services gateway by means of HTTP is vulnerable to interception and attack. To enable secure Web access, a services gateway supports HTTP over Secure Sockets Layer (HTTPS). You can enable HTTP or HTTPS access on specific interfaces and ports as needed.

An SRX 210 services gateway uses the SSL protocol to provide secure management of services gateways through the Web interface. SSL uses public-private key technology that requires a paired private key and an authentication certificate for providing the SSL service. SSL encrypts communication between your device and the Web browser with a session key negotiated by the SSL server certificate.

An SSL certificate includes identifying information such as a public key and a signature made by a certificate authority (CA). When you access the services gateway through HTTPS, an SSL handshake authenticates the server and the client and begins a secure session. If the information does not match or the certificate has expired, your access to the services gateway through HTTPS is restricted.

Without SSL encryption, communication between your services gateway and the browser is sent in the open and can be intercepted. We recommend that you enable HTTPS access on your WAN interfaces.

On SRX 210 services gateways, HTTP access is enabled by default on the built-in management interfaces. By default, HTTPS access is supported on any interface with an SSL server certificate.

You can use J-Web Quick Configuration, the J-Web configuration editor, or the CLI configuration editor to configure secure Web access.

Before you configure secure Web access for the first time, you must complete the following tasks:

  • Establish basic connectivity.
  • Obtain an SSL certificate from a trusted signing authority.