ApacheWeek: Issue 214 8th September 2000

In this issue: Apache 1.3.13 status, SuSE Apache distribution
vulnerable and RSA Encryption released into Public Domain.

“Apache 1.3.13 status
We had an overwhelming number of messages this week asking for an
update on the release of Apache 1.3.13. We had originally said that
the release would take place in August, but summer holidays and
concentration on the 2.0 alpha series have delayed this….”

“RSA Encryption released into Public Domain
One of the large obstacles blocking the use of secure versions of
Apache inside the USA was a patent on RSA encryption methods. In
order to use a secure server commercially that would interoperate
with standard browsers you had to obtain a license from RSA
Security. Users commented that they found it impossible to
negotiate for a license simply so that they could run a secure
site. The alternative way to legally use Apache with SSL in the USA
was to purchase a packaged version from a company that had a
license with RSA. C2Net, Covalent, IBM, and others provided
packages although the majority used closed-source encryption
libraries from RSA Security….”


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