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MAC stands for Message Authentication Code. It can be described as a keyed hash algorithm. See RFC2104.


See also the Server Name Indication extension on serverind.


See LDAP, IMAP etc.








The first message in a TLS handshake


A key of 128 bits or 16 bytes should be sufficient for this purpose.


Except for the RSA-EXPORT which is only enabled in EXPORT level.


To avoid collisions in order to specify a compression algorithm in this string you have to prefix it with "COMP-", protocol versions with "VERS-", signature algorithms with "SIGN-" and certificate types with "CTYPE-". All other algorithms don’t need a prefix.


It depends on the group used. Primes with lesser bits are always faster, but also easier to break. See Selecting cryptographic key sizes for the acceptable security levels.


such as the gnutls_certificate_credentials_t structures




Check for the Linux kernel implementation of /dev/crypto.

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