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Novell secures NetWare 5

The company plans to make its NetWare 5 operating system more secure through the addition of new encryption and digital certificate technology.

Novell plans to make its NetWare 5 operating system more secure through the addition of new encryption and digital certificate technology.

The company said today that NetWare 5, set to debut this summer, will include a raft of security technologies intended to make corporate applications more resistant to tampering by unauthorized users.

New with NetWare 5 will be a public key security feature that lets organizations issue identity verification certificates. The feature, called Public Key Infrastructure Services, lets companies secure communications using Secure Sockets Layer.

The operating system will also include a new infrastructure that Novell claims will simplify the management of applications that require encryption for multinational businesses. The international cryptographic infrastructure will be integrated into Novell Directory Services, a key component of NetWare. The idea is to save developers the time and trouble of building separate applications for each region of the world.

Also, Novell Directory Services will ship with integrated Secure Sockets Layer and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol version 3 support. And, Novell Directory Services will supply services for linking applications to additional security services, such as Kerberos, SOCKS, tokens, smart cards, and biometric devices.

Novell said NetWare 5 is the first version of the company's operating system to fully support Internet Protocol, as opposed to the company's proprietary protocol for network communications.