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Re: lynx-dev README.ssl

From: Stef Caunter
Subject: Re: lynx-dev README.ssl
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 16:41:31 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 14 Jan 2004, [ISO-8859-1] Fr?d?ric L. W. Meunier wrote:

> ->
> is gone. I found
>, so it
> looks like you can change it to
> (and remove the "will redirect
> you to").
> I guess other parts also need to be updated (GNU
> TLS and certificates).

Correcting the part about "lynx does not yet do
certificates" on the mit site would seem to be in order,
does anyone know the maintainer?

I have made these changes to README.ssl, except for gnutls.
Please see below.


SSL support for Lynx 2.8.5pre.1
-- adapted from

Lynx, in its unmodified form, will not allow you to make secure socket layer
(SSL) connections.  SSL is used for the secure transfer of information over the
Internet.  Many sites are now requiring SSL to ensure security for themselves
and their users.  With a version of Lynx modified to support SSL, Lynx users
can now visit these sites with ease as well.

The SSL configure option (--with-ssl) for Lynx provides the ability to make use
of SSL over HTTP for secure access to web sites (HTTPS) and over NNTP for
secure access to news servers (SNEWS).  SSL is handled transparently, allowing
users to continue accessing web sites and news services from within Lynx
through the same interface for both secure and standard transfers.

This is based on, and requires, the OpenSSL library.  OpenSSL's distribution
and use may be restricted by licenses and laws.  For information on obtaining
OpenSSL, as well as information on its distribution, see  The main distribution site is

To test your version of Lynx for its SSL support, try it out with an SSL site. is a secure (https) page which will load if
your browser contains SSL support, and give you some information about the
connection.  Note that the server that you are redirected
to may not have a valid certificate.  Lynx will complain, since the certificate
presented is untrusted.    Since you will not be sending any sensitive data
to the test page, this should not present a problem.

Please see the document README.sslcerts for a discussion of certificate
handling possibilities and procedures in lynx.

It is the user's responsibility to ensure that all patent laws,
export restrictions, and other considerations have been taken into account
before using this software.

-- Note:

Lynx is GPL'd, so it falls under the regulations in EAR section

    (1) Encryption source code controlled under 5D002, which would be
        considered publicly available under section 734.3(b)(3) and
        which is not subject an express agreement for the payment a
        licensing fee or royalty for commercial production or sale of
        any product developed with the source code, is released from
        EI controls and may be exported or reexported without review
        under License Exception TSU, provided you have submitted
        written notification to BXA of the Internet location (e.g.,
        URL or Internet address) or a copy of source code by the time
        of export.

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