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PRNewswire: The Sun-Netscape Alliance Releases PKI Library Source Code

Jan 18, 2000, 17:58 (1 Talkback[s])


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"The Sun-Netscape Alliance (Alliance) announces today that it plans to contribute its public key infrastructure (PKI) source code to mozilla.org. This open source release will provide the industry with proven cross-platform PKI libraries that enable software developers to integrate higher levels of security into their applications. The contribution will include a version of the Netscape Security Services (NSS) and Personal Security Manager (PSM) solutions. The Alliance release coincides with the US Department of Commerce announcement that it has released new regulations which will further enable the increased export of certain encryption source code."

"The Alliance views security as a critical component to the global e- commerce market," said Mark Tolliver, president and general manager for the Sun-Netscape Alliance. "Our contribution has provided the development community with proven PKI technology which, by making it freely available, will set the stage for transforming the e-commerce marketplace with innovative solutions...."

"NSS is a security software development package that provides easy-to- integrate, Internet-ready Secure Sockets Layer (SSL/TLS) and public-key security capabilities through an industry proven flexibility architecture. NSS is the security architecture for most of the Alliance server products including iPlanet Certificate Management System, iPlanet Web Server, iPlanet Directory Server, and iPlanet Messaging Server. Developers will now be able to efficiently incorporate the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL/TLS) protocol and cryptographic token support (PKCS#11) into their applications using the NSS cross-platform application programming interface."

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