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Old 10-21-2005, 02:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Open SSL... what it is for?

I'm new in the world of security and all that stuff, I just heard about that program (Open SSL) but I'm not tottally sure of what is the program for, or how can I use.

Plz, I'll be glad to receive any explication about it.

Thanks a lot

P.S.: As always, I want to apologize for mi english, I know it is really not to god.
Old 10-21-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it is the encryption scheme that is used when you, say, connect to a secure web-site ... one whose URL begins with https//.

OpenSSL is an open-source implementation of SSL and, as such, is pretty much the definitive one at this point. The advantages of openness in a security product are fairly obvious, and compelling: you can literally "see for yourself" what is being done with your data.

The SSL suite is a fully-featured encryption scheme, and a "digital certificate" scheme that enables the reliable authentication and verification of who is talking to whom. The OpenSSL web site contains a great deal more information about the product and its features.


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