Re: Secure Netscape (was: ID)

Little Robbie Burcham (
Thu, 28 Dec 1995 09:29:18 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 27 Dec 1995, Michael Sattler wrote:

> Robert Allen Decker <> said:
> >On Fri, 20 Oct 1995, Michael Sattler wrote:
> >
> >> Never give your credit card number, etc., over an *insecure* channel.
> >> Netscape has a reasonably secure encryption as long as you've got the
> >> secure version of the browser and are in a secure page (look at the lock
> >> icon at the bottom left of the browser window).
> >>
> >Actually, a couple of grad students on the west coast (San Fran?) recently
> >demonstrated that just about anyone can crack Netscape's key in under 30
> >seconds (they did it in 21!).
> Actually, that was quite a time ago, and the current versions of Netscape
> have that problem fixed. And I believe your recollection of the time
> required is *way* off; it took them days to break one specific key.
> Details are available from Netscape's home pages.

Even more detailed details are available in the January 1996 edition of
Dr. Dobb's Journal. Page 66 to be exact.

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