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From: Zar Cho (zar_choyahoo.com)
Date: Mon May 14 2001 - 10:59:35 CDT
OK, Fred, I found this article from MS Support:
But I'm a bit confused, because it says:
"SGC stands for Server Gated Cryptography. You will
also see the term 'Global ID.' These terms are
synonymous with VeriSign. What this type of
certificate does is to allow 40-bit browsers to make
128-bit connections. This type of certificate was
needed due to export laws; before they were lifted for
"...Please note that your browser, whether it is
40-bit, 56-bit, or 128-bit, only connects at that
level of cipher strength.
If the site has a 128-bit certificate, and you have a
56-bit browser, then you connect using 56-bit cipher
Is there some difference between the connections
mentioned in the first paragraph (128 bits allowed)
and the later ones (not 128 bits allowed)?
Isn't that confusing, or I need less coffee in the
De: Collin, Frederic[SMTP:Frederic.CollinCCQ.ORG]
Enviado el: Jueves 10 de Mayo de 2001 16:34
Asunto: Re: Internet Explorer cipher strength
No it is because the server uses an SGC (server gated
certificate which enables recent (MSIE 4.x+ or
international (40bit) browsers to have their
elevated to 128 bit with specific servers.
Thawte has an FAQ about SGC:
--- Zar Cho <zar_choyahoo.com> wrote:
> Due to the fact that I don't live in the States, in
> company we have IE 5 installed with 56 bits cipher
> However, when I connect to a site, in the conexion
> properties, it states:
> RC4 with 128 bit encryption (High); RSA with 1024
> Is this a bug? Is IE giving a sense of false
> here, or am I missing something?
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