On Mon, 14 Jul 1997, Sergej Rinc wrote:
> If my memory serves, someone from Netscape's branches in Europe has
> asked about the subject. I have an information for two weeks now
> (source: ComputerWorld) that US administration has granted Microsoft and
> Netscape permission to use 128-bit encryption in their products (that
> doesn't stand for other companies). MS should include it in their next
> versions of products (IIS 4.0, IE 4.0 etc) and so should Netscape.
This is only for using in financial transactions, mostly with banks,
meaning that banks will have to get a special certificate so that their
clients web browsers will use 128-bit encryption. And Netscape already has
this 128-bit encryption in the Netscape 4.0 export version, if it sees
this special Verisign certificate (I don't know if any of these are in
public use already) it will turn on 128-bit encryption, otherwise
weak easily breakable 40-bit encryption is in use.