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    Initial Notes

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    Building and installing NSS

    Overview of an NSS application

    Based on "Overview of an SSL Application" in the SSL Reference.

    Getting started with NSS

    Based on "Getting Started With SSL" in the SSL Reference.

    Data types

    Based on "Selected SSL Types and Structures" in the SSL Reference.

    NSS initialization and shutdown

    • NSS_Init
    • NSS_InitReadWrite
    • NSS_NoDB_Init
    • NSS_Initialize
    • NSS_Shutdown

    Utility functions

    Based on "Utility Functions" in NSS Public Functions.

    Certificate functions

    Based on Certificate Functions in the SSL Reference and "Certificate Functions" in NSS Public Functions.

    Key functions

    Key Functions

    Digital signatures

    This API consists of the routines used to perform signature generation and the routines used to perform signature verification.

    Encryption/decryption

    Hashing

    Key generation

    Generate keys, key pairs, and domain parameters.

    Random number generation

    This API consists of the two routines used for pseudorandom number generation -- PK11_GenerateRandomOnSlot and PK11_GenerateRandom -- and the two routines used for seeding pseudorandom number generation -- PK11_SeedRandom and PK11_RandomUpdate.

    PKCS #11 functions

    Based on PKCS #11 Functions in the SSL Reference and "Crypto Functions" in NSS Public Functions.

    SSL Functions

    Based on "SSL Functions" in the SSL Reference and "SSL Functions" and "Deprecated SSL Functions" in NSS Public Functions.

    • SSL_ConfigServerSessionIDCache
    • SSL_ClearSessionCache

    S/MIME

    Based on the S/MIME Reference (which only has one written chapter) and "S/MIME Functions" in NSS Public Functions.

    PKCS #7 functions

    Based on "Archived PKCS #7 Functions documentation."

    PKCS #5 functions

    Password-based encryption

    • SEC_PKCS5GetIV
    • SEC_PKCS5CreateAlgorithmID
    • SEC_PKCS5GetCryptoAlgorithm
    • SEC_PKCS5GetKeyLength
    • SEC_PKCS5GetPBEAlgorithm
    • SEC_PKCS5IsAlgorithmPBEAlg

    PKCS #12 functions

    Based on "Archived PKCS #12 Functions documentation." Used to exchange data such as private keys and certificates between two parties.

    • SEC_PKCS12CreateExportContext
    • SEC_PKCS12CreatePasswordPrivSafe
    • SEC_PKCS12CreateUnencryptedSafe
    • SEC_PKCS12AddCertAndKey
    • SEC_PKCS12AddPasswordIntegrity
    • SEC_PKCS12EnableCipher
    • SEC_PKCS12Encode
    • SEC_PKCS12DestroyExportContext
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderStart
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderImportBags
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderUpdate
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderFinish
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderValidateBags
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderVerify
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderGetCerts
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderSetTargetTokenCAs
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderIterateInit
    • SEC_PKCS12DecoderIterateNext
    • SEC_PKCS12IsEncryptionAllowed
    • SEC_PKCS12SetPreferredCipher

    NSPR functions

    A small number of NSPR functions are required for using the certificate verification and SSL functions in NSS.  These functions are listed in this section.

    Error codes

    Based on "NSS and SSL Error Codes" in the SSL Reference.

    NSS Environment variables

    NSS cryptographic module

    NSS Tech Notes

    NSS Tech Notes NSS Memory allocation

    Tools

    Based on NSS Tools documentation.

    Based on NSS Tools Man Pages : work in progress

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