Re: Questionable logic ?

Trent Piepho (xyzzy@u.washington.edu)
Mon, 12 May 1997 13:59:55 -0700 (PDT)


On Mon, 12 May 1997, Jeff Simmons wrote:
> > BTW - Could someone explain to me how my 128bit version of Internet
> > Explorer knows which key to use or does it only use one? Point me to an FAQ
> > or something. Thanks,
>
> If both the server and the client are 128 bit enabled, then you get 128
> bit. If the server is only 40 bit, you get 40 bit.

What I'd like to know is how the server and client exchange the key. SSL
is using DES or RC5, right? Is the key exchanged using some kind of public
key system?

> BTW if you contact a site and preface the URL with shttp:, for example:

It's https I believe.

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