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    IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Via inability to access a site that requires 128 bit encryption and browser testing at syscape.com, I find that IE has only 56k SSL key size. I upgraded with Q321232 after a kindly lounge member told me of the minimal bugs, but still test out at the 56k SSl key size. In Help/About IE tells me (and always has) it has 128 bit cipher strength. Any suggestions as to what would kick in the 128 bit encryption? Thanks.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    The Q321232 update does not specifically address the cipher strength issue, so I am not sure how those two are related. If your IE About | Help box says you have 128-bit cipher strength, I would guess that you do. If you have "56-bit cipher strength", then you would be unique. Most browsers are either 40 or 128.

    However, I would test it on a few sites to make sure:
    Intuit
    NetFile
    Fortify

    If you find out that you do not have 128-bit cipher strength, this may be of interest:

    "Internet Explorer 5.5 includes 128-bit encryption. If you already have Internet Explorer 5.5 installed, you do not need to upgrade your browser with the Internet Explorer High Encryption Pack. If you are running Windows 2000, installing Internet Explorer 5.5 will not change the current level of encryption on your computer, you will need to install the Windows 2000 High Encryption Pack."

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    I've tried those to no avail. A WFB online tech tells me that they see the 56 bit cipher strength occasionally on IE6 and it indicates a corrupted installation, so it looks like an IE reinstall is necessary. Thanks for your help.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Have you tried to do a Repair on IE, it is in the Add and remove programs. It is a third option for IE.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Yes, I did try the repair. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Those are checked. Thanks for the thought.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    This is probably not going to be your answer, but check this out just to make sure.
    ________

    Also, it looks like IE was availible in 56-bit version -- and for awhile this was all they allowed outside the US! But now all up-to-date versions of IE should be at 128-bit encryption. I wonder if your problem is related to corruption of these files:

    Rsabase.dll
    Rsaenh.dll
    Schannel.dll

    While this is NOT your issue, perhaps it may be related:
    Cipher Strength Appears as 0-Bit in Internet Explorer (Q261328)
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Hi rm:
    This is a little off topic, but I noticed in your attachment that you have
    Use SSL 2.0 &
    Use SSL 3.0
    checked, but not "Use TLS 1.0"

    I have all 3 checked, but really do not know what the latter is for. Is there any reason to keep it checked or unchecked.
    Thanks,

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Per instructions found at http://www.3dspotlight.com/tweaks/ie6 "The next 3 settings (Use SSL 2.0, Use SSL 3.0 & Use TLS 1.0) are in relation to security protocols used on secure Websites on the Internet, e.g. most websites use SSL for carrying out secure transactions, such as when you are entering credit card numbers into an online order page...etc".

    This is a good site to bookmark. Also, http://www.3dspotlight.com/tweaks/startup is also good .

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Transport Layer Security
    TLS is very similar to SSL in that it provides communications privacy, authentication, and message integrity by using a combination of public-key and symmetric encryption. In fact, TLS supports the option of reverting to SSL support, if need be. However, there are some important differences. TLS supports different encryption algorithms than SSL and is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) draft standard. Many people view TLS as the likely successor to SSL in the long term.

    Because TLS is designed to be a replacement for SSL, using either protocol should be transparent to the user. However, the software must be TLS- and SSL-aware.
    _____________________________
    What is TLS?
    The really simple answer: it's SSL. TLS includes SSL. Think of it as "SSL Plus."
    Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a proposed IETF standard that supercedes Netscape's Secure Socket Layer (SSL).
    As the name suggests, the purpose of the protocol is to provide encryption and certification at the transport layer (in this case, TCP), so that data can flow through a secure channel without requiring significant changes to the client and server applications.
    One widespread use for this technology is in "HTTPS" or secure HTTP communications.
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    It looks like TLS will one day supercede SSL. Already MS has phased out "PCT"...
    MS IE4 info

    Frankly, TLS sounds pretty good to me -- I have NO idea why it is not checked!! I will check it now.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Thanks to all for your help. Turns out IE was not the culprit. I needed Windows 2000 high encryption update. I had run Windows Update, but it did not install the high encryption update. I installed it specifically and all is fine now.

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Hi Lonnie & rm:
    Thanks for the additional information & websites. So much information...so little time. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: IE 6 128 bit (6.0.2600)

    Just make sure, when you DO get the chance to read this stuff...plenty of drinks and munchies are handy! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> .
    Actually, I have printed out both - for IE and for my beloved WinME <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> and is in my binder. <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

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