- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wiley (February 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471383546
- ISBN-13: 978-0471383543
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SSL & TLS Essentials: Securing the Web
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From the Back Cover
"Great writing . . . a clear introduction to the most widely deployed security technology in the Internet."?Paul Lambert, former co-chair of IETF IPSEC working group
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security(TLS) protocols form the foundation for e-commerce security on the World Wide Web, verifying the authenticity of Web sites, encrypting the transfer of sensitive data, and ensuring the integrity of information exchanged. Now?for the first time the details of these critical security protocols are available in a complete, clear, and concise reference. SSL and TLS Essentials provides complete documentation of the SSL and TLS protocols, including advanced and proprietary extensions never before published. The book thoroughly covers the protocols in operation, including the contents of their messages, message formats, and the cryptographic calculations used to construct them. The text also includes an introduction to cryptography and an explanation of X.509 public key certificates. Stephen Thomas, author of IPng and the TCP/IP Protocols, presents this complex material in a clear and reader-friendly manner. The book includes more than 80 figures and illustrations to supplement its text, and it describes SSL in the context of real-world, practical applications. Readers will immediately understand not only the academic principles behind he security protocols, but how those principles apply to their own network security challenges.
The book includes:
- Full details of Netscape?s SSL and the IETF?s TLS protocols, with differences between the two clearl highlighted and explained
- A concise tutorial in cryptography
- Complete coverage of Netscape?s International Step-Up and Microsoft?s Server Gated Cryptography implementations
- A description of X.509 public key certificates
- Details on implementing backwards compatibility among previous versions of SSL and TLS
- A thorough security checklist with explanations of all known attacks on SSL implementations, along with appropriate countermeasures.
The CD-ROM contains convenient electronic versions of the book for:
- Windows® CE handheld computers
- Adobe® Acrobat Reader for PCs
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About the Author
STEPHEN THOMAS is CTO of TransNexus, a leading provider of e-commerce solutions for Internet telecommunications. He has been actively involved in Internet protocol development for nearly 20 years and has contributed to numerous Internet Drafts and RFCs. Thomas is also the author of IPng and the TCP/IP Protocols (also from Wiley).
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Not only does it explain the SSL protocol thoroughly but also contains invaluable sections of the X.509 certificate and ASN.1
The parts I found most useful were the discussion of the differences between TLS 1.0 and SSL 3.0, and the discussion of international step-up certificates.
SSL and TLS (Transport Layer Security) are essentially the same protocol. While SSL was originally designed by Netscape, the company has since offered SSL as a proposed standard protocol to the World Wide Web Consortium and the Internet Engineering Task Force, and it has since been renamed TLS.
SSL and TLS Essentials provides a thorough look into the inner workings of SSL. The book assumes a basic understanding of cryptography and gets right into the nitty-gritty of SSL functionality. The book is designed for those who need an in-depth and comprehensive look at the inner workings and mechanics of SSL, such as system administrators of e-commerce systems or SSL programmers.
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By the way, there is some mistake in the book.
Page 48, Figure 3.3: The 'pending read state' is not copied to 'actual read state' upon receiving a change cipher spec(message number 6) from the client. Fortunately, it is correct in page Page 50, Table 3.6, step 6.
Internet programming so, i wanted to start with some internet protocols like HTTP <I have got this one too called"HTTP Essentials: Protocols for Secure, Scaleable Web Sites
by Stephen Thomas "> if u r interested you should go ahead and buy this book