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 mozilla.org. 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 solutions." "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. Mozilla.org 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 mozilla.org. "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. About mozilla.org Mozilla.org (www.mozilla.org) is the group chartered by Netscape Communications with responsibility for making Mozilla a successful open-source project; it exists to support the entire Mozilla community. Mozilla.org provides a central point of contact and community for those interested in using and/or improving the Mozilla codebase. 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 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to ".com" their businesses. With $12.4 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com. 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