AWS Latest Enhancement on CloudFront Improves Communications

By CIOReview | Friday, January 22, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: The Amazon Web Services has recently revealed three new and innovative security features to improve the   between Amazon CloudFront the content delivery web service and the origin server, reports Computer Technology Report.

With the new upgradation, users will be able to configure CloudFront to connect to the origin server utilizing HTTPS despite of whether the user made the request by using HTTP or HTTPS. AWS has also added TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2 to the supported protocol versions. The user can use this for the HTTPS connections between CloudFront and the custom origin web server.

Users can also select the protocols they want CloudFront to employ while communicating with the origin so as to, for example, choose not to allow CloudFront to communicate with the origin by using SSLv3, which is less secure than TLS.

The CloudFront web service provides a simple API and bestows web application developers and enterprises with a cost effective and easy method to distribute content with low latency and high data transfer speeds. The CloudFront is pay-per-use, and self-service offering that doesn’t requires any long term commitments or minimum fees. CloudFront employ a network of edge locations that cache copies of popular files close to viewers and ensures that the end-user requests are served by the closest edge location resulting in requests travel shorter distances to request objects, and improving performance.

User can even configure CloudFront to add customized headers or override the value of existing request headers when CloudFront forwards requests to the origin. These headers can be used to help validate that requests made to the origin were sent from CloudFront and configure the origin to only allow requests that contain the custom header values that is identified.

This feature also helps with setting up Cross-Origin Request Sharing (CORS) for CloudFront distribution–users can configure CloudFront to always add custom headers to the origin to accommodate viewers that don’t automatically include those headers in requests. As part of the AWS Free Usage Tier, users can get started with Amazon CloudFront for free. Upon sign-up, new AWS customers receive 50 GB Data Transfer Out and 2,000,000 HTTP and HTTPS Requests each month for one year.