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NewsForge: OpenSSL May See Revalidation Soon

Jul 25, 2006, 14:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)

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"The on-again, off-again status of OpenSSL Certificate 642's validation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seems to be coming to a conclusion as abruptly as it began.

"OpenSSL is an open source toolkit that allows programs to securely exchange data in the same fashion as proprietary versions of Secure Sockets Layer encryption. The NIST's Computer Module Validation Program for FIPS-140-2 is used to validate and certify cryptographic programs that government agencies use to protect sensitive information. Earlier this year, OpenSSL was one of the first products to be validated by the NIST after formal testing in one of its 13 accredited labs. But OpenSSL developers were stunned last month to learn that the product's validation had suddenly been suspended without explanation..."

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