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WebSockets requires that the Server have a Certificate, however, the Client may have a Certificate. The Server Certificate should have the domain name as the common name component of the subject name, however, Clients that are able to override the Certificate validation procedure can choose to accept Certificates with a domain mismatch.

When using the WebSockets transport from a web browser the browser environment may impose additional restrictions. For example, the web browser may require the Server have a valid TLS Certificate that is issued by CA that is installed in the Trust List for the web browser. To support these Clients, a Server may use a TLS Certificate that does not conform to the requirements for an ApplicationInstance Certificate. In these cases, the TLS Certificate is only used for TLS negotiation and the Server shall use a valid ApplicationInstance Certificate for other interactions that require one. Servers shall allow adminstrators to specify a Certificate for use with TLS that is different from from the ApplicationInstance Certificate.

Clients running in a browser environment specify the ‘Origin’ HTTP header during the WebSocket upgrade handshake. Servers should return the ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ to indicate that the connection is allowed.

Any Client that does not run in a web browser environment and supports the WebSockets transport shall accept OPC UA Application Instance Certificate as the TLS Certificate provided the correct domain is specified in the subjectAltName field.

A Client may use its Application Instance Certificate as the TLS Certificate and Servers shall accept those Certificates if they are valid according to the OPC UA Certificate validation rules.

Some operating systems will not give the application any control over the set of algorithms that TLS will negotiate. In some cases, this set will be based on the needs of web browsers and will not be appropriate for the needs of an OPC UA Application. If this is a concern, applications should use OPC UA Secure Conversation in addition to TLS.

Clients that support the WebSocket transport shall support explicit configuration of an HTTPS proxy. When using an HTTPS proxy the Client shall first send an HTTP CONNECT message (see HTTP) before starting the WebSocket protocol handshake. Note that explicit HTTPS proxies allow for man-in-the-middle attacks. This threat may be mitigated by using OPC UA Secure Conversation in addition to TLS.

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