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Mozilla.org: Network Security Services 3.1

Sep 18, 2000, 21:47 (1 Talkback[s])

"Network Security Services (NSS) is a set of libraries designed to support cross-platform development of security-enabled client and server applications. These libraries provide the security foundation for a variety of server products from iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, including iPlanet Certificate Management System, iPlanet Web Server, iPlanet Directory Server, and iPlanet Messaging Server. NSS 3.1 provides, for the first time, a complete open-source implementation of the crypto libraries used to implement security features in these products, including a new implementation of the RSA algorithm. (For more information on the effects of the RSA algorithm going into the public domain, see the Mozilla Crypto FAQ. For schedule and other details of the plan for NSS 3.1, see NSS 3.1 Plan.)"

"The NSS libraries also underlie Personal Security Manager (PSM), which performs cryptographic operations on behalf of Netscape Communicator, Netscape 6, and other client applications. By the time the final version of NSS 3.1 is released (currently planned for mid-October), a version of Personal Security Manager based on NSS 3.1 will also be released for use with Mozilla and Netscape 6. At that point both NSS and PSM will be completely buildable using the open source code available from the mozilla.org site, and NSS and PSM will be included in the Mozilla binary releases distributed by mozilla.org."

"If you are developing applications that support SSL, S/MIME, or other Internet security standards, you can now use NSS libraries to implement comparable security features in your own applications. NSS 3.1 also includes a framework to which developers and OEMs can contribute patches, such as assembler code, to optimize performance on their platforms."

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