The Sun-Netscape Alliance Releases PKI Library Source Code

Open Source Will Drive Adoption of PKI Enabled Applications

Jan 18, 2000, 00:00 ET from Sun-Netscape Alliance

    RSA CONFERENCE, SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sun-Netscape
 Alliance (Alliance) announces today that it plans to contribute its public key
 infrastructure (PKI) source code to This open source release will
 provide the industry with proven cross-platform PKI libraries that enable
 software developers to integrate higher levels of security into their
 applications. The contribution will include a version of the Netscape Security
 Services (NSS) and Personal Security Manager (PSM) solutions. The Alliance
 release coincides with the US Department of Commerce announcement that it has
 released new regulations which will further enable the increased export of
 certain encryption source code.
     "The Alliance views security as a critical component to the global e-
 commerce market," said Mark Tolliver, president and general manager for the
 Sun-Netscape Alliance. "Our contribution has provided the development
 community with proven PKI technology which, by making it freely available,
 will set the stage for transforming the e-commerce marketplace with innovative
     "We are very excited about the industry leadership that the Sun-Netscape
 Alliance is demonstrating with this announcement," said Matthew Szulik,
 President and CEO of Red Hat. "Open source development based on this
 contribution will help strengthen and accelerate the adoption of PKI enabled
 applications and services worldwide."
     NSS is a security software development package that provides easy-to-
 integrate, Internet-ready Secure Sockets Layer (SSL/TLS) and public-key
 security capabilities through an industry proven flexibility architecture. NSS
 is the security architecture for most of the Alliance server products
 including iPlanet Certificate Management System, iPlanet Web Server, iPlanet
 Directory Server, and iPlanet Messaging Server. Developers will now be able to
 efficiently incorporate the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL/TLS) protocol and
 cryptographic token support (PKCS#11) into their applications using the NSS
 cross-platform application programming interface.
     PSM is a new client -- independent security module that greatly simplifies
 PKI functions for the end user. PSM hides the complexity of PKI for operations
 such as setting up an SSL connection, object signing and signature
 verification, certificate management including issuance and revocation, and
 other common PKI functions. will provide the management structure that will allow
 developers to contribute additions and modifications back to the original
 source code, allowing free access to the source code and enabling ongoing
 contributions and improvements by the development community.
     "The availability of industry proven PKI source code will be a tremendous
 benefit to developers," said Mitchell Baker, Chief Lizard Wrangler at "This contribution should speed the delivery of innovative new
 security-enabled products and services."
     About the Sun-Netscape Alliance
     America Online, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) formed the
 Sun-Netscape Alliance to provide easy to deploy, comprehensive enterprise and
 e-commerce solutions to business partners and other companies competing in
 today's Net Economy. The Alliance product portfolio provides customers with
 the industry's most scalable, integrated infrastructure software and a family
 of production ready e-commerce applications. The products are offered on the
 industry's most widely available product platforms, including DEC, HP, IBM,
 Linux, SGI, Microsoft Windows, and Sun. The alliance software product
 portfolio includes messaging and calendar, collaboration, web, application,
 directory, and certificate servers. The Alliance also offers a family of
 production-ready applications for e-commerce, including commerce exchange,
 procurement, selling, and billing.
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