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Chapter 10. Security > Transport Layer Security (TLS)

10.5. Transport Layer Security (TLS)

The TLS protocol is designed to establish a reliable connection secure from eavesdropping [TLS]. It was the enabler of e-commerce and TV-commerce, as it enabled securely exchanging financial information such as social security numbers, credit card information and account numbers.

10.5.1. History

TLS had a long development history before becoming a widely accepted industry standard (see Figure 10.3). The first version, called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), was developed at Netscape in 1994; this was merely a prototype.The specification of next version, SSL v2, was released for public comment in November 1994. The original Netscape implementation of the SSL specification was weak to the point that a secure connection could be broken within an hour.


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