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I was just checking out Xara's newest vector graphics program and found their direct warning [xara.com] that Netscape 6 would not access their secure server, due entirely to bugs in the browser. I then went to check the Netscape site to see if there was any mention of this bug -- there is none I could find.
Man I hope they fix this, and as a patch if possible, and long before an entirely new version of the browser is released. What good does a new browser do for e-commerce if it can't let people buy online.
Is anyone using NN6 regularly? Are there situations where it has functioned properly connecting to secure servers? I'd like to understand this bug better, but information is very scarce. Maybe it's only a problem with certain types of certificates, or whatever.
Any input is welcome. Inquiring minds want to know!
Edited by: tedster
joined:June 21, 2000
I run an e-comm site. When it was first released I had heard about that. I download NN 6 and then rebooted. I then went to my site and placed an order. The last step on the order process is an SSL directory hit for the secure order form. No problems were encountered.
Now I believe, I do stress "believe" as it is A) Friday B) 7:00 a.m. C) First drink of my Mt. Dew (would you trust a server rebuild from me under these conditions ;)) that it has to do with 40 bit certs and 128 bit certs on the servers you are hitting. If it is 40 then NN 6 bombs, if it is 128 NN 6 is :).
I do not have the article at hand but I remember reading this "somewhere". My URL is in my profile for testing purposes if you would like.
The first thing to try is to install PSM 1.3 (I believe 1.2 is included with NS6) from this URL: [docs.iplanet.com...]
[on an unrelated note, it sure is nice to be able to cut-and-paste that URL now that the context menu for the location bar is in Mozilla nightlies]
You should be able to simply ignore the installation instructions. Just click on the installation button and it should overwrite the PSM that NS6 installed by default. The excessively complicated instructions are designed to deal with multiple installations.
Have you been a part of developing the source code? Your familiarity with the issues and their remedies is extremely useful. I greatly appreciate your contributions, and I hope you can continue to keep us up to date on key issues.
Of course, I'm also playing with Opera a bit now, too. If these two can grab 30%-40% of the browser market between them, my hope is that MS will feel pressure to play catch-up on standards and I can finally write pages without MSIE and NN4 workarounds.
In my life, that sentiment has the force of a prayer! MS needs to understand the real meaning of service and stop with all the manipulative gambits.