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NICI Encryption Modules


Download NICI Encryption ModulesNovell Cryptography Support Modules are implemented with the Novell International Cryptographic Infrastructure (NICI) technology. By downloading and installing the appropriate module, you enable NICI-based components (Novell Certificate Server™, Novell SSL, Novell Single Sign-on, etc.) to use an appropriate level of cryptography. This includes the use of unlimited strength cryptography or up to 56-bit DES/RC2/RC4 data encryption and 1024-bit RSA* key management strength for worldwide users (where allowed by local law). Download now.


NICI Encryption Modules are components of the Novell International Cryptographic Infrastructure (NICI), which is the basis for the security services offered in NetWare® 5.1 and NetWare 5. These downloadable modules enable NetWare 5.x users throughout the world to implement 128-bit (and stronger) network encryption.

Until recently the U.S. Department of Commerce did not allow software exported from the United States (except to Canada) to include encryption stronger than 56-bit keys except in limited circumstances. Now, users outside the United States and Canada can employ the maximum encryption allowed in their regions by local law, with the exception of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

Besides making the distribution of NetWare 5.x simpler, the modular design of NICI also makes it easier for software vendors to comply with international and U.S. laws governing the import and export of cryptographic software. Network applications written to take advantage of the network NICI security services need not include their own encryption code, so a single version can be shipped throughout the world. U.S. export regulations still apply, and consumers of NICI must submit their applications for a one-time review by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The networks in each region then give the applications access to the maximum encryption allowed. This greatly simplifies the export approval process and eases the distribution of network software.


NICI Encryption Modules are available for download, free of charge.

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