Encyclopedia of Cryptography and Security

2005 Edition
| Editors: Henk C. A. van Tilborg

Secure Socket Layer (SSL)

  • Clemens Heinrich
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-23483-7_375

General

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) denotes the predominant security protocol of the Internet for World Wide Web (WWW) services relating to electronic commerce or home banking. The majority of web servers and browsers support SSL as the de-facto standard for secure client-server communication. The Secure Socket Layer protocol builds up point-to-point connections that allow private and unimpaired message exchange between strongly authenticated parties.

Classification

In the ISO/OSI reference model [7], SSL resides in the session layer between the transport layer (4) and the application layer (7); with respect to the Internet family of protocols this corresponds to the range between TCP/IP and application protocols such as HTTP, FTP, Telnet, etc. SSL provides no intrinsic synchronization mechanism; it relies on the data link layer below.

Netscape developed the first specification of SSL in 1994, but only publicly released and deployed the next version, SSLv2, in the same year [5]. With...

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