Getting Started With NSS

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How to get involved with NSS

Network Security Services (NSS) is a base library for cryptographic algorithms and secure network protocols used by Mozilla software.

Would you like to get involved and help us to improve the core security of Mozilla Firefox and other applications that make use of NSS? We are looking forward to your contributions!

We have a large list of tasks waiting for attention, and we are happy to assist you in identifying areas that match your interest or your skills. You can find us on irc.mozilla.org in channel #nss or you could ask your questions on the mozilla.dev.tech.crypto newsgroup.

The NSS library and its supporting command line tools are written in the C programming language. Its build system and the automated tests are based on makefiles and bash scripts.

Over time, many documents have been produced that describe various aspects of NSS. You can start with:

(Unfortunately the NSS project doesn't have a technical writer at this time, so our documentation is not as organized as we would like it to be. You could contribute by organizing it in a better way.)

NSS Sample Code

A good place to start learning how to write NSS applications are the command line tools that are maintained by the NSS developers. You can find them in subdirectory mozilla/security/nss/cmd

Or have a look at some basic NSS sample code.

Opportunities to contribute:

... (this section is still under construction, but there are many contribution opportunities)

You could have a look at our recent ToDo list.

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<h2 id="How_to_get_involved_with_NSS">How to get involved with NSS</h2>
<p>Network Security Services (NSS) is a base library for cryptographic algorithms and secure network protocols used by Mozilla software.<br />
  <br />
  Would you like to get involved and help us to improve the core security of Mozilla Firefox and other applications that make use of NSS? We are looking forward to your contributions!<br />
  <br />
  We have a large list of tasks waiting for attention, and we are happy to assist you in identifying areas that match your interest or your skills. You can find us on <a href="http://irc.mozilla.org" title="http://irc.mozilla.org">irc.mozilla.org</a> in channel <a href="irc://irc.mozilla.org/#nss" title="irc://irc.mozilla.org/nss">#nss</a> or you could ask your questions on the <a href="https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/dev-tech-crypto/" title="https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/dev-tech-crypto/">mozilla.dev.tech.crypto</a> newsgroup.</p>
<p>The NSS library and its supporting command line tools are written in the C programming language. Its build system and the automated tests are based on makefiles and bash scripts.</p>
<p>Over time, many documents have been produced that describe various aspects of NSS. You can start with:</p>
<ul>
  <li>the current <a href="/en-US/docs/NSS" title="/en-US/docs/NSS">primary NSS documentation page</a> from which we link to other documentation</li>
  <li>a <a href="/en-US/docs/Overview_of_NSS" title="/en-US/docs/Overview_of_NSS">General Overview</a> of the applications that use NSS and the features it provides</li>
  <li>a highlevel <a href="/en-US/docs/An_overview_of_NSS_Internals" title="/en-US/docs/An_overview_of_NSS_Internals">Introduction to the Internals of NSS</a></li>
  <li>learn about getting the <a href="/en-US/docs/NSS_Sources_Building_Testing" title="/en-US/docs/NSS_Sources_Building_Testing">NSS sources, building and testing</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/nss/" title="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/nss/">Older documentation</a> that is on the static mozilla.org website, which hasn't been migrated to the new MDN wiki yet.</li>
</ul>
<p>(Unfortunately the NSS project doesn't have a technical writer at this time, so our documentation is not as organized as we would like it to be. You could contribute by organizing it in a better way.)</p>
<h3>NSS Sample Code</h3>
<p>A good place to start learning how to write NSS applications are the command line tools that are maintained by the NSS developers. You can find them in subdirectory mozilla/security/nss/cmd</p>
<p>Or have a look at some basic <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/nss/sample-code/" title="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/nss/sample-code/">NSS sample code</a>.</p>
<h3>Opportunities to contribute:</h3>
<p>... (this section is still under construction, but there are many contribution opportunities)</p>
<p>You could have a look at our <a href="https://wiki.mozilla.org/NSS:BurnDownList" title="https://wiki.mozilla.org/NSS:BurnDownList">recent ToDo list</a>.</p>
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