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[News] New OpenSSL FIPS Object Module; Barracuda Buys SSL VPN Company

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Open Source Software Institute Announces Release of Updated OpenSSL FIPS Object

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| This most recent validated OpenSSL FIPS Object Module is based on version 
| 0.9.8 of the OpenSSL cryptographic library and is freely available for 
| download through the OSSI website (oss-institute.org). Updated versions of 
| OpenSSL FIPS Object Module Security Policy and User Guide will be available 
| for download through the OSSI website (oss-institute.org) and may be used and 
| reproduced without restriction.     


Barracuda Networks Breaks into SSL VPN Space for Small Business

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| Fresh off its acquisition of BitLeap, Barracuda Networks buys open-source SSL 
| VPN vendor 3SP and releases Barracuda SSL VPN based on the 3SP technology. 
| Barracuda networks is currently targeting Barracuda SSL VPN at small and 
| midsize businesses.   



All systems go for validation of updated OpenSSL module

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| Weathersby says the OSSI has reason to believe the complaints came from 
| proprietary vendors hoping to initiate a FUD campaign that would create doubt 
| in the minds of government agencies who were considering using OpenSSL as a 
| data exchange solution.   


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| "After a long and arduous journey that included a suspended validation last
| year .. OpenSSL has regained its FIPS 140-2 validation"
| "We called it the FUD campaign," he says. "There were all kinds of
| complaints sent to the CMVP including one about 'Commie code.' .. Silly or
| no, each complaint that's filed really slows down the process."
| "the ones they did see often contained redacted, or blacked-out, data about
| who had filed the complaint .. in some cases, proprietary software vendors
| were lodging the complaints.


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| From w-carrin Mon Oct 15 12:18:05 1990
| To: bradsi
| Subject: Getting the word out about DR DOS
| Cc: kathrynh; russw
| Date: Mon Oct 15 12:09:08 1990
| Concerns have been raised that DR-DOS incompatibilities and flaws are 
| being overlooked by reviewers.
| ..
| We recommend that we informally plant the bug of FUD in their ears.
|                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| "Have you heard about problems with DR DOS?"


FCC ignores more than 100 years of wisdom

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| In 1883 French cryptographer Auguste Kerckhoffs published a set of six 
| design principles for military encryption systems. The second of these
| principles is generally known today under the observation that security 
| through obscurity is not security. The Federal Communications Commission 
| (FCC) seems not to have read the history books or to be aware of how its
|  sister federal agencies develop security standards....


The FCC, FOSS, and software radios: a mixed bag

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| After studying the new rules -- published in the Federal Register last month 
| and taking effect today -- the SFLC concluded that the laws are not 
| FOSS-restrictive because they "apply to hardware manufacturers who distribute 
| SDR devices, regardless if they use FOSS in them or not." And the Center says 
| that since the rules specifically mention the GNU/Linux operating system, the 
| FCC is actually acknowledging the importance of open source.     

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