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This is a copy of the C2Net Press Release from 16 Jul 1996


Oakland, CA - Community ConneXion, Inc., the leader in uncompromising security for the World Wide Web, today announced the release of its newest version of Stronghold: Apache-SSL for the US. Stronghold is a webserver based on the popular Apache server, which has the highest marketshare of all webservers on the Internet according to the Netcraft server survey at http://www.netcraft.com/survey/. Stronghold's marketshare has more than doubled every month since its release in January of this year.

"[The competition]'s secure servers just didn't work the way we wanted them to; the interface was clunky and required firewall adjustments to run, the access control didn't work well for us, and it was just too black-boxey for us," commented Dan Kearns, of the Motorola ISG Internet Business Group. "We like the lean/mean-ness of Apache in general, and the actual useful development that goes on. We look forward to generating client certificates for our channel partners using the bundled internal certificate authority tools."

"We have been working with Community ConneXion for over a year to enable our Digital IDs in their Stronghold server products," said Greg Smirin, Product Line Manager at VeriSign, Inc. "We look forward to using their new version of Stronghold to demonstrate client certification on our own website." VeriSign is the leading provider of digital authentication services and products for electronic commerce and other forms of secure communications.

"Stronghold is the first widely used web server that can authenticate clients on the basis of their digital certificates," said Dr. Andrew Csinger, President of Xcert Software, Inc. "Stronghold is a natural server platform for Xcert's Sentry suite of security enhancement products. The combination of Stronghold's uncompromising security profile and Xcert's flexible certificate management and secure database technology represents great value and convenience for Internet users."

Xcert and C2 have entered into a co-marketing agreement to provide easy access to the Stronghold/Sentry bundle. The Stronghold/Sentry combination puts organizations of any size in control of their own security, allowing them to cost-effectively implement secure Intranets based on public key certificates.

Xcert Software, Inc. is the premier provider of security enhancement software for safe and secure commercial Internet applications. Xcert's Sentry product line is the first cross-platform, server-independent public key infrastructure implementation. A live demonstration using the Stronghold webserver has been available on the company's website since April 1996 (http://www.xcert.com).

Because it is based on Apache, Stronghold can be used with the innummerable third party CGI and Apache API applications which have been developed for Apache, including perl & python integration, database connectivity, and Kerberos support. "Direct support within the server for scripting languages can produce an excellent performance improvement over standard CGI methods," said Sameer Parekh, President of Community ConneXion, Inc.

Community ConneXion ships binaries for Sparc Solaris 2.5, x86 Solaris 2.5, Sparc SunOS 4.1.3_U1, DG/UX, FreeBSD 2.1, BSDI 1.1, AIX 3.2.5, IRIX 5.3, HP/UX (9 & 10), OSF/1, UnixWare, Ultrix, BSDI 2.0, and Linux (ELF & a.out). Additional platforms may be supported on request. Stronghold may be ordered and downloaded at http://www.us.apache-ssl.com/.

Portions developed by the Apache Group, taken with permission from the Apache Server http://www.apache.org/. This product includes software developed by Ben Laurie for use in the Apache-SSL HTTP server project. This product includes software developed by Eric Young (eay@mincom.oz.au).