OLD SSL Reference

OLD SSL Reference

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SSL Reference

Newsgroup: mozilla.dev.tech.crypto
Writer: Sean Cotter
Manager: Wan-Teh Chang

Chapter 1  Overview of an SSL Application

SSL and related APIs allow compliant applications to configure sockets for authenticated, tamper-proof, and encrypted communications. This chapter introduces some of the basic SSL functions. Chapter 2, "Getting Started With SSL" illustrates their use in sample client and server applications.

Chapter 2  Getting Started With SSL

This chapter describes how to set up your environment, including certificate and key databases, to run the NSS sample code. The sample code and makefiles are available via LXR in the SSLSamples directory.

Chapter 3  Selected SSL Types and Structures

This chapter describes some of the most important types and structures used with the functions described in the rest of this document, and how to manage the memory used for them. Additional types are described with the functions that use them or in the header files.

Chapter 4  SSL Functions

This chapter describes the core SSL functions.

Chapter 5  Certificate Functions

This chapter describes the functions and related types used to work with a certificate database such as the cert7.db database provided with Communicator.

Chapter 6  Key Functions

This chapter describes two functions used to manipulate private keys and key databases such as the key3.db database provided with Communicator.

Chapter 7  PKCS #11 Functions

This chapter describes the core PKCS #11 functions that an application needs for communicating with cryptographic modules. In particular, these functions are used for obtaining certificates, keys, and passwords.

Chapter 8  NSS and SSL Error Codes

NSS error codes are retrieved using the NSPR function PR_GetError. In addition to the error codes defined by NSPR, PR_GetError retrieves the error codes described in this chapter.