Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) A. Freier
Request for Comments: 6101 P. Karlton
Category: Historic Netscape Communications
ISSN: 2070-1721 P. Kocher
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Protocol Version 3.0
This document is published as a historical record of the SSL 3.0
protocol. The original Abstract follows.
This document specifies version 3.0 of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL
3.0) protocol, a security protocol that provides communications
privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows client/server
applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent
eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery.
Although the SSL 3.0 protocol is a widely implemented protocol, a
pioneer in secure communications protocols, and the basis for
Transport Layer Security (TLS), it was never formally published by
the IETF, except in several expired Internet-Drafts. This allowed no
easy referencing to the protocol. We believe a stable reference to
the original document should exist and for that reason, this document
describes what is known as the last published version of the SSL 3.0
protocol, that is, the November 18, 1996, version of the protocol.
There were no changes to the original document other than trivial
editorial changes and the addition of a "Security Considerations"
section. However, portions of the original document that no longer
apply were not included. Such as the "Patent Statement" section, the
"Reserved Ports Assignment" section, and the cipher-suite registrator
note in the "The CipherSuite" section. The "US export rules"
discussed in the document do not apply today but are kept intact to
provide context for decisions taken in protocol design. The "Goals
of This Document" section indicates the goals for adopters of SSL
3.0, not goals of the IETF.
The authors and editors were retained as in the original document.
The editor of this document is Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos
(email@example.com). The editor would like to
thank Dan Harkins, Linda Dunbar, Sean Turner, and Geoffrey Keating
for reviewing this document and providing helpful comments.
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