The Provider Architecture

At the root of the JCA is the idea of security providers. A provider supplies algorithms for the cryptographic concept classes. In practice, a provider is a collection of algorithm classes headed up by a java.security.Provider object. This is confusing terminology; provider (small p) refers to the concept, while Provider refers to a specific class.

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