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Which of the following statements pertaining to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is false?
o The SSL protocol was developed by Netscape to secure Internet client-server
o ›The SSL protocol's primary use is to authenticate the client to the server using public
key cryptography and digital certificates.
o Web pages using the SSL protocol start with HTTPS
o SSL can be used with applications such as Telnet, FTP and email protocols.
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All of these statements pertaining to SSL are true except that it provides optional client to server authentication.
Its primary use is to authenticate the server to the client, and not the opposite.
Reference used for this question: KRUTZ, Ronald L. & VINES, Russel D., The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the Ten Domains of Computer
Security, John Wiley & Sons, 2001, Chapter 4: Cryptography (page 170).
Contributor: Christian Vezina