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Why isn't the Peer Notification Channel (PNC) encrypted?

Karla Marsh
EFT Express (SMB) & Enterprise

THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE APPLIES TO:

  • EFT Server, version 6.0 and later
  • Mail Express, version 3.0 and later

QUESTION

Why isn't the Peer Notification Channel (PNC) encrypted?

ANSWER

An attack threat of the PNC is extremely low.

  • A "hacker" would have to already be inside your network to access the PNC.
  • The server and DMZ Gateway PNC connection does not employ username and password credentials.
  • There is nothing sensitive contained in the PNC notifications that require encryption.
  • Connections through the DMZ Gateway can be created, but for that connection to be valuable, the server has to do something; before the server can do anything, a user has to be authenticated.
  • Connections are initiated from the server; if the PNC channel is "broken," DMZ Gateway will refuse new (and existing) client connections until the server re-establishes a connection.

For more information about how the PNC works in DMZ Gateway, refer to Introduction to GlobalSCAPE DMZ Gateway in the online help.

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