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Security Portal: Web server round-up, Part 1

Nov 10, 1999, 23:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Seifried)

"There are a variety of secure webservers, but which one is right for you? In this article I will start the process of helping you to choose the right server for your environment. In this series of closet articles I will cover legality, availability, features, and so on of the major secure server packages, using Linux primarily for my testing. The choice of operating system is important, but the choice of www server is usually more important, since that will define your feature set, and long term potential. In conjunction with these articles will be a series of individual product reviews of the more popular servers. This review will only cover 128 bit platforms as I feel 128 bit encryption is relatively weak, and 40 and 56 bit encryption is worthless, please keep this in mind as it will affect availability quite a bit."

"Export/Import, Platform availability and Licensing issues."

"This is the first hurdle, if the webserver available in your country, and for your platform of choice? Servers made in the USA for example are generally not much use outside the USA since the export of strong crypto is heavily restricted (to Canada only). Free servers that have not paid for RSA data licenses are generally not used in the USA since RSA is patented there, and you must pay for the use of RSA data components."

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