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Firefox 31 Set to Include new SSL Certificate Validation Library

Open-source Firefox browser vendor Mozilla is looking to improve security with a new certificate validation library set to debut in Firefox 31 later this year. Certificates are widely used on the Internet today for Secure Socket Layers (SSL) encryption as a way to secure data in motion.

Since its inception, Firefox has used technology known as Network Security Services (NSS) to help validate the integrity of security certificates used for an SSL session. Mozilla is now trying out a new security library called mozilla::pkix to enhance and improve certificate validation checking.

"It's a new validation library that replaces some of the functionality in NSS, but we will still need most of NSS in concert with mozilla::pkix,"Sid Stamm, senior engineering manager for security and privacy at Mozilla, explained to eWEEK.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Mozilla Aims to Improve Firefox Browser SSL Security

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.