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.. warning::
This NSS documentation was just imported from our legacy MDN repository.
It currently is very deprecated and likely incorrect or broken in many places.
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**Network Security Services** (**NSS**) is a set of libraries designed to support cross-platform
development of security-enabled client and server applications. Applications built with NSS can
support SSL v3, TLS, PKCS #5, PKCS #7, PKCS #11, PKCS #12, S/MIME, X.509 v3 certificates, and
other security standards.
For detailed information on standards supported, see :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_overview`. For a
list of frequently asked questions, see the :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_faq`.
NSS is available under the Mozilla Public License. For information on downloading NSS releases as
tar files, see :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_nss_sources_building_testing`.
If you're a developer and would like to contribute to NSS, you might want to read the documents
:ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_an_overview_of_nss_internals` and
.. rubric:: Background Information
:name: Background_Information
Provides a brief summary of NSS and its capabilities.
Answers basic questions about NSS.
Explains the basic concepts of public-key cryptography that underlie NSS.
Introduces the SSL protocol, including information about cryptographic ciphers supported by
SSL and the steps involved in the SSL handshake.
.. rubric:: Getting Started
:name: Getting_Started
This page contains information about the current and past releases of NSS.
Instructions on how to build NSS on the different supported platforms.
Information about with working with Mercurial.
`Get Mozilla Source Code Using CVS (deprecated) <>`__
Old deprecated CVS documentation.
.. rubric:: NSS APIs
:name: NSS_APIs
Provides an overview of the NSS libraries and what you need to know to use them.
Summarizes the SSL APIs exported by the NSS shared libraries.
API used to invoke SSL operations.
Explains how the libraries and code are organized, and guidelines for developing code (naming
conventions, error handling, thread safety, etc.)
Links to NSS technical notes, which provide latest information about new NSS features and
supplementary documentation for advanced topics in programming with NSS.
.. rubric:: Tools, testing, and other technical details
:name: Tools_testing_and_other_technical_details
Describe how to check out and build NSS releases.
How to make changes in NSS. Coding style, maintaining ABI compatibility.
Tools for developing, debugging, and managing applications that use NSS.
Demonstrates how NSS can be used for cryptographic operations, certificate handling, SSL, etc.
A list of third-party code included in the NSS library.
**Archived version.** Describes how to run the standard NSS tests.
**Archived version.** Links to performance reports for NSS 3.2 and later releases.
**Archived version.** Lists the cryptographic algorithms used by NSS 3.11.
**Archived version.** Describes the scheme for loading root CA certificates.
**Archived version.** General format of the cert7.db database.
.. rubric:: PKCS #11 information
:name: PKCS_11_information
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_pkcs11`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_pkcs11_implement`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_pkcs11_module_specs`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_pkcs11_faq`
- `Using the JAR Installation Manager to Install a PKCS #11 Cryptographic
- `PKCS #11 Conformance Testing - Archived
.. rubric:: CA certificates pre-loaded into NSS
:name: CA_certificates_pre-loaded_into_NSS
- `Mozilla CA certificate policy <>`__
- `List of pre-loaded CA certificates <>`__
- Consumers of this list must consider the trust bit setting for each included root
certificate. `More
roots and their trust bits <>`__
.. rubric:: NSS is built on top of Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR)
:name: NSS_is_built_on_top_of_Netscape_Portable_Runtime_NSPR
`Netscape Portable Runtime <NSPR>`__
NSPR project page.
NSPR API documentation.
.. rubric:: Additional Information
:name: Additional_Information
- `Using the window.crypto object from
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_http_delegation`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_tls_cipher_suite_discovery`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_certificate_download_specification`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_fips_mode_-_an_explanation`
- :ref:`mozilla_projects_nss_key_log_format`
.. rubric:: Planning
:name: Planning
Information on NSS planning can be found at ` <>`__,
- `NSS Roadmap page <>`__
- `NSS Improvement
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