|ICS - SSL Effort|
|Updated: Aud 13, 2008|
SSL is a software layer that secure communication between client and server. The most known use is the HTTPS protocol used to access a secure web server. HTTPS use the SSL protocol to transport HTTP requests and replies with strong security. SSL encrypt data on the fly and use certificate to make sure that the server you connect to is actually the one you think it is, and for a server to be sure that a client is really the one he knows. See below for more details.
ICS-SSL is the result of the SSL effort which has been funded by many contributors. Now ICS-SSL has been released to the freeware community and is available from the ICS download page (see ICS link on the left). Of course, even if the project is now freeware, you are encouraged to donate some money to support further development. To know how to send your money, click here.
A customer connecting to a secure website is assured of three things:
WHAT IS SSL ?SSL = Secure Sockets Layer
TLS and SSL are an integral part of most Web browsers (clients) and Web servers. If a Web site is on a server that supports SSL, SSL can be enabled and specific Web pages can be identified as requiring SSL access. Any Web server can be enabled by using Netscape's SSLRef program library which can be downloaded for noncommercial use or licensed for commercial use.
TLS and SSL are not interoperable. However, a message sent with TLS can be handled by a client that handles SSL but not TLS."
- The connection is private. Encryption is used after an initial handshake to define a secret key. Symmetric cryptography is used for data encryption (e.g., DES[DES], RC4[RC4], etc.)
- The peer's identity can be authenticated using asymmetric, or public key, cryptography (e.g., RSA[RSA], DSS[DSS], etc.).
- The connection is reliable. Message transport includes a message integrity check using a keyed MAC. Secure hash functions (e.g., SHA, MD5, etc.) are used for MAC computations.
OTHER INTERESTING LINKSIntroduction to SSL
Book: Network Security with OpenSSL
Another introduction to SSL
HOW TO SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONThe bank to send money to is:
ING Belgium, Avenue Marnix 24, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Account owner is:
OverByte sprl, rue de Grady 24, 4053 Embourg, Belgium
If you are in the EC, use this information:
International Bank Account Number (IBAN): BE80 3400 6181 2377
Outside of the EC, do a "swift" transfer:
Swift address: "BBRU BE BB 400", account number "3400 6181 2377".
Account number: 340-0618123-77
For small contributions, you should consider mailing cash in an anonymous envelop. Post is very reliable in Belgium. If it is also reliable in your country, use that method. It is cheap for you and me.
Sorry, I can't accept credit card payment.
If you are in a EC country, then you must provide me a company name and address with a valid VAT number otherwise I have to pay 21% VAT to the belgian treasury. No problem outside of the EC. Of course I will send an invoice for accounting purpose.
In all cases, I need name and address or I have to pay 21% VAT to the belgian treasory. (VAT means Value Added Tax. It is a kind of sale tax applyed almost everywhere in Europe).
I will mail an invoice for accounting purpose. If you are in a large company, maybe you need a proformat invoice so that they can send the money. Just ask me.
It is better for me you send the money in EURO currency. If you pay using another currency, even US$, there will be change fees.
Of course you are welcome to add bank fee and VAT to your contribution :-) Just ask your bank to charge you for all the fees and commission. So I will receive the net amount you choosed.