The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Protocol Version 3.0
RFC 6101

Document Type RFC - Historic (August 2011; No errata)
Was draft-mavrogiannopoulos-ssl-version3 (individual in sec area)
Authors Alan Freier  , Philip Karlton  , Paul Kocher 
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Freier
Request for Comments: 6101                                    P. Karlton
Category: Historic                               Netscape Communications
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                P. Kocher
                                                  Independent Consultant
                                                             August 2011

          The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Protocol Version 3.0


   This document is published as a historical record of the SSL 3.0
   protocol.  The original Abstract follows.

   This document specifies version 3.0 of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL
   3.0) protocol, a security protocol that provides communications
   privacy over the Internet.  The protocol allows client/server
   applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent
   eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery.


   Although the SSL 3.0 protocol is a widely implemented protocol, a
   pioneer in secure communications protocols, and the basis for
   Transport Layer Security (TLS), it was never formally published by
   the IETF, except in several expired Internet-Drafts.  This allowed no
   easy referencing to the protocol.  We believe a stable reference to
   the original document should exist and for that reason, this document
   describes what is known as the last published version of the SSL 3.0
   protocol, that is, the November 18, 1996, version of the protocol.

   There were no changes to the original document other than trivial
   editorial changes and the addition of a "Security Considerations"
   section.  However, portions of the original document that no longer
   apply were not included.  Such as the "Patent Statement" section, the
   "Reserved Ports Assignment" section, and the cipher-suite registrator
   note in the "The CipherSuite" section.  The "US export rules"
   discussed in the document do not apply today but are kept intact to
   provide context for decisions taken in protocol design.  The "Goals
   of This Document" section indicates the goals for adopters of SSL
   3.0, not goals of the IETF.

   The authors and editors were retained as in the original document.
   The editor of this document is Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos
   (  The editor would like to
   thank Dan Harkins, Linda Dunbar, Sean Turner, and Geoffrey Keating
   for reviewing this document and providing helpful comments.

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RFC 6101              The SSL Protocol Version 3.0           August 2011

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for the historical record.

   This document defines a Historic Document for the Internet community.
   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
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   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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