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J2EE™ and Beyond: Design, Develop, and Deploy World-Class Java™ Software by Art Taylor

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The JSSE API

The JSSE API is designed to allow Java applications to use SSL connections. The SSL protocol was developed by Netscape in 1994 with input from the technical community. In no small part due to its strong security, flexibility, and ease of use, it has become the de facto standard of secure transmissions over the Web.

The SSL protocol uses a number of cryptographic strategies to provide security, combining the various approaches to create an easily deployed, secure communication strategy. The SSL standard is now under the control of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which has renamed the protocol Transport Layer Security (TLS). The current release of TLS is 1.0 and is very similar to the commonly supported SSL version 3.0. ...

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