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Wireless Security: Know It All by Jon S. Wilson, Chris Lanthem, Frank Thornton, George L Stefanek, Timothy Stapko, James F. Ransome PhD, CISM, CISSP, John Rittinghouse PhD, CISM, Stephen A. Rackley, Chris Hurley, Tony Bradley, Dan Bensky, Praphul Chandra

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Chapter 11. Secure Sockets Layer

The Secure Sockets Layer is so important to network security that we have devoted this entire chapter to it. SSL is the de facto standard for secure Internet transactions. It has achieved this status by being not only secure, but being highly generic and imminently practical as well. SSL exists in the network layer between TCP and your application, providing blanket security to all data transferred over the network. The API for an SSL implementation is typically very similar to the standard network sockets API (POSIX-style). For this reason, it is simple to transform any plain TCP/IP application into a secure Internet application with very little effort.

The standard is very flexible in algorithm choice and features, ...

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