"VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), the leading provider of Internet
trust services, and Covalent Technologies, Inc., the leader in
products and services for the open-source Apache Web server
platform today announced an agreement to integrate VeriSign's web
server digital certificate services into Covalent's Apache server
products, providing customers with a one-step, out-of-the-box
process to deploy e-commerce web sites. VeriSign's web site digital
certificates authenticate intranet, extranet, and e-commerce sites,
enabling encrypted transactions and communications between browsers
and servers across the Internet."
"Under terms of the agreement, Covalent is integrating
VeriSign's web site digital certificate enrollment module into the
Apache web server. This enables the automatic generation of digital
keys required for issuing digital certificates for a web site.
Previously, a customer would be required to manually generate these
keys during enrollment, resulting in a multi-stage process. System
administrators can now seamlessly enroll and purchase a digital
certificate from VeriSign. Covalent's management interface allows
administrators to determine the progress of a certificate
application at any time. Once the VeriSign authentication process
is complete, the Covalent server verifies the user's certificate
and installs it on the server."