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Inside Java™ 2 Platform Security: Architecture, API Design, and Implementation, Second Edition by Mary Dageforde, Gary Ellison, Li Gong

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10.3. Cryptographic Services and Service Providers

As previously noted, the JCA incorporates the notion of a CSP, or provider, which is a package or a set of packages that supplies a concrete implementation of one or more cryptographic services. In JDK 1.1, a provider could supply an implementation of one or more digital signature algorithms, message digest algorithms, and key-generation algorithms. The following types of services were added in the Java 2 SDK 1.2:

  • Key factories

  • Keystore creation and key management

  • Algorithm parameter management

  • Algorithm parameter generation

  • Certificate factories

  • Random-number generation

JCE 1.2 was released separately as an extension to the Java 2 SDK 1.2.x and 1.3.x, in accordance with U.S. regulations concerning ...

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