[Nut-upsdev] Announce: new team member (to work on Mozilla NSS port)

Arnaud Quette aquette.dev at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 13:24:22 UTC 2010

Hi Rob

2010/11/30 Rob Crittenden <rcrit at greyoak.com>

> Arnaud Quette wrote:
>> Dear fellows,
>> As you have probably seen, NUT has had a recent boost through the help of
>> Eaton.
>> Frederic Bohe (contractor for Eaton France) has worked on Augeas, and is
>> now working the Windows port.
>> Chetan Agarwal, seconded by Prashi Gandi (both from Eaton India) are
>> working on XCP and quality / validation related projects.
>> I'm now pleased to announce that Emilien Kia (contractor for Eaton France)
>> is joining the team to work on Mozilla NSS port.
>> A branch (ssl-nss-port) was created some time ago to track the work on
>> this topic.
>> But now that we have somebody to work on it, we can expect result soon
>> (around Christmas).
>> For the recall, the port from OpenSSL to Mozilla NSS will:
>> - solve a major distribution isssue: since OpenSSL is licensed under BSD,
>> some (most) Linux distributions were not able to ship NUT packages with SSL
>> support enabled. NSS being available under 3 licenses, among which the GPL,
>> this will soon be an old story.
>> - NSS is FIPS 140 certified, while OpenSSL is not. For more information on
>> this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIPS_140
> OpenSSL is FIPS-certified. See
> http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm (cert
> 1111 in general, RHEL 5.4 cert 1320, etc).

thanks for this pointer.

> In any case, if you run into any problems I'm to blame for nss_compat_ossl.
> It's been a while since I worked on it so I'm a tad rusty but ping me if you
> need help.

well, as mentioned in a separate thread, we've decided to go the native NSS
this will be better considered our minimal needs, and the overhead in terms
of dependencies that users need to install WRT the added value.

anyway, thanks for your help offer.

Linux / Unix Expert R&D - Eaton - http://powerquality.eaton.com
Network UPS Tools (NUT) Project Leader - http://www.networkupstools.org/
Debian Developer - http://www.debian.org
Free Software Developer - http://arnaud.quette.free.fr/
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