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Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS)  18 September 2000 
Source: Mozilla.org - Posted by Dave Wreski   
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, . . .
 
Introduction to Encryption  18 September 2000 
Source: Security Portal - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Encryption is the process of converting data from one form (what would be considered to be readable either through plaintext or through some specific viewer like MS Word) into ciphertext. The actual process that takes place during this conversion widely varies, . . .
 
Bruce Schneier's CryptoGram  15 September 2000 
Source: Counterpane - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This month's cryptogram discusses the "Window of Exposure", the period between when the security advisory is released and the updated software is actually applied. It also discusses his new book, Secrets and Lies, more on Carnivore, the recent PGP vulnerability, and . . .
 
Good-bye Bandits, Hello Security  15 September 2000 
Source: Linux Journal - Posted by Chris Pallack   
Over the last year or so, we've heard a lot about how software patents, which became legal in the U.S. in 1981, stifle innovation. James Bessen and Eric Maskin conducted a study showing that ``far from unleashing a flurry of new . . .
 
E-Commerce Solutions: Template-Driven Pages, Part 2  13 September 2000 
Source: ApacheToday - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This article talks about "template-driven pages, this time using Perl and Python to deliver those SSI templates straight into CGI documents. In the last article we examined the different ways in which we could introduce pages purely using the SSI (Server . . .
 
RSA Security's Crypto Patent Expiration May Spur More Competitive PKI Tools  08 September 2000 
Source: InformationWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
RSA's competitors' reactions to the expiration are mixed. Baltimore Technologies Inc. responded with its own announcement of new products and initiatives. It's eliminating its runtime licensing for its PKI development suite KeyTools and will switch to a flat fee, and it's also offering a free KeyTools Lite, which includes cryptographic and digital certificate functions, including communication with a certificate authority or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directory. . . .
 
RSA Algorithm Released: Update  08 September 2000 
Source: SecurityPortal - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The release of the algorithm is a good thing because you can now create cryptographic software using one RSA implementation and distribute it worldwide without having to license anything from RSA. ... This is good news because you can, for example, . . .
 
GPG vs. PGP?  07 September 2000 
Source: Slashdot.org - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
What are the relative merits and drawbacks of using Gnu Privacy Guard vs. Network Associates' PGP. I am not referring to the fact that GPG doesn't use any restricted implemtations or algorithems; or that GPG was not affected by the recent . . .
 
RSA releases proprietary security algorithm  06 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
... Despite RSA's gesture, several competitors who have paid royalties for use of the algorithm for up to 17 years, argue that the industry could have done with the patent relaxation earlier. "Of course its fantastic news, but after 17 years to suddenly release it two weeks early is a bit of a stunt," says Paddy Holahan, vice president of marketing at Baltimore Technology. "It has held back e-commerce.". . .
 
Welcome to the RSA Freedom Clock page!  05 September 2000 
Source: kfu.com - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Interested in knowing up to the second increments on the status of the impending RSA patent expiration? This site also provides a view on what the author thinks of software patents to begin with... "The patent office has shown remarkable incompetence . . .
 
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