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Digital signatures pose security risk, says expert  27 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Do we need to worry about government tracing and identity theft? A leading technology expert has warned that digital signatures, an increasingly prevalent Internet security technology, could hail a future devoid of privacy.. . .
 
SSH Techniques  27 September 2000 
Source: Linux Month - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
We've already seen one of the primary uses of ssh: it allows you to open up a terminal session to a remote system. By using "ssh" instead of telnet or rsh, you get the same ability to type commands on remote . . .
 
New Linux-Crypto Mailing List  27 September 2000 
Source: Marc Mutz - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
A new mailing list, dedicated to all Linux Crypto topics has just opened. It is linux-crypto@nl.linux.org. Thanks go to all at nl.linux.org for allowing me to host this mailing list using their majordomo, esp. to Rik van Riel.. . .
 
Discussing SSL and Certificates  22 September 2000 
Source: Open Group - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This document is a bit dated, but a good discussion of SSL. The Secure Sockets Layer protocol provides one means for achieving these goals and is the subject of this article. This document introduces SSL by reviewing cryptographic techniques and by . . .
 
GnuPG 1.0.3 Now Available  21 September 2000 
Source: GnuPG.org - Posted by Dave Wreski   
GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. Because it does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, it can be used without any restrictions. GnuPG is a RFC2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application. This version comes with RSA support and the new . . .
 
Alan Goldstein: Digital signatures need seal of security approval  20 September 2000 
Source: Dallas Morning News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A law that would allow electronic signatures to seal legally binding documents is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1, but don't throw away your pens just yet. Electronic signatures aren't simply digital representations of the handwritten variety. In fact, they're . . .
 
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 . . .
 
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