Sun Microsystems Laboratories Contribute Next Generation Security Technologies To Open Source Project Innovative Cryptographic Technologies Allow Faster Computation and Savings In

Power, Memory and Bandwidth



SAN FRANCISCO, SunNetwork(SM) 2002 Conference and Pavilion, Sept. 18

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) announced today
 that Sun has contributed an Elliptic Curve cryptography code implementation to
 the OpenSSL (Secure Socket Layer) project.  Elliptic Curve cryptography is an
 emerging public-key cryptosystem which provides the same degree of security as
 those used in SSL today with approximately one-eighth the key size.  This
 makes the technology especially useful for mobile devices and other small
 devices that are limited in the power, CPU performance, memory, or bandwidth.
     "ECC keys are one eighth as long as keys currently used and, therefore,
 more suitable for small devices with limited power and storage," said
 Whitfield Diffie, Chief Security Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.  "This will
 allow the builders of an upcoming generation of tiny Web clients to enjoy the
 security benefits of an open-source implementation of SSL."
     OpenSSL provides an open source implementation of the Secure Socket Layer
 (SSL), the dominant security protocol used on the Web today.  Sun's
 contribution also includes a full-strength, general purpose ECC library which
 is highly modular and usable for other protocols besides SSL.
     The new cross-platform source code contributed by Sun Laboratories is
 available under the OpenSSL project's open source license which allows free
 use for commercial and non-commercial purposes; thus affording developers the
 opportunity to incorporate this next generation cryptographic technology into
 innovative new security-enabled products and services.  This implementation
 can be put to use quickly and internationally, with the confidence that the
 technology has been tested through the strength of the open source development
 method.
     "This contribution reaffirms Sun's commitment to advancing open source
 software and the Internet's security infrastructure," said Jim Mitchell, VP
 and Director, Sun Microsystems Laboratories.  "Sun Labs researchers are
 actively contributing to the deployment of next generation security
 mechanisms, both by working on standards development and by freely sharing
 technology developed at Sun.  With the inclusion of ECC in OpenSSL, Sun is
 seeding the adoption of key technologies critical to the security needs of the
 wireless mobile industry, and the coming tsunami of small devices reachable
 over the Internet."
     Designed to promote ECC technology standardization and interoperability,
 Sun's contributions to the OpenSSL project include:
     Addition of ECC cipher suites based on the current IETF internet-draft,
 co-authored by Sun, specifying the use of elliptic curve technology in SSL.
     Implementation of the Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) key agreement
 protocol based on ANSI X9.63.
     Addition of elliptic curve support over binary polynomial fields and the
 underlying arithmetic library completing the Elliptic Curve cryptographic
 library in OpenSSL.
     The latest version of the OpenSSL code containing ECC cipher suites can be
 found at the OpenSSL website:  ftp://ftp.openssl.org/snapshot/ .  The download
 file is named:  openssl-SNAP-20020911.tar.gz or later version.
 
     About ECC
     Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) is an emerging public-key cryptosystem
 endorsed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for U.S.
 government use and standardized in IEEE 1363, ANSI X9.62 and ANSI X9.63.
 Compared to currently prevalent cryptosystems like RSA, DSA and
 Diffie-Hellman, ECC offers equivalent security with smaller key sizes, which
 results in faster computations, lower power consumption, as well as memory and
 bandwidth savings.  For example, 163-bit key Elliptic Curve technology offers
 the equivalent security strength of a 1024-bit RSA system.
 
     About OpenSSL
     Managed by a worldwide community of volunteers, the OpenSSL Project
 develops and supports the OpenSSL toolkit, an open source implementation of
 SSL, the dominant security protocol used on the Internet today.  Additional
 information can be found on the OpenSSL website at:  http://www.openssl.org/ .
 
     About SunNetwork 2002
     The SunNetwork 2002 Conference and Pavilion is the only conference
 dedicated to showcasing end-to-end solutions from Sun and its partners that
 have revolutionized the Internet, networking and computing industries.
 SunNetwork 2002 has over 7,000 attendees at its inaugural event this week
 participating in over 100 technical sessions and bird of a feather sessions
 addressing Sun system architecture, network and computing management, services
 development tools and techniques.  SunNetwork 2002 has been co-sponsored by
 SAP, Sybase, MatrixONE, PTC, Vignette and JNI Corporation and has over
 140 technology exhibits demonstrating how Sun's technology is solving
 real-world technology and network challenges.  For more information on all
 related announcements, please visit the SunNetwork 2002 website at
 http://sunnetwork.sun.com .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 make the Net work.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, SunNetwork and The Network is
 the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 in the United States and in other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Carrie Motamedi of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-650-786-0171, or
 carrie.motamedi@sun.com.
 
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