The Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) is a multiplatform,
industry-standard security infrastructure. Starting with Version
7.3-1, HP provides CDSA as part of the OpenVMS operating system. CDSA
is compatible with OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.2-2 and higher, and OpenVMS
I64 Version 8.2 and higher.
CDSA provides a stable, standards-based programming interface
that enables applications to access operating system security services.
With CDSA, you can create cross-platform, security-enabled applications. Security
services, such as cryptography and other public key operations,
are available through a dynamically extensible interface to a set
of add-in modules. These modules can be supplemented or changed
as business needs and technologies evolve.
CDSA is security middleware that provides flexible mix-and-match
solutions across a variety of applications and security services.
CDSA insulates you from the issues of incorporating security into
applications, freeing you to focus on the applications themselves.
The security underpinnings are transparent to the user.
CDSA was originally developed by Intel® Architecture
Labs and was released to the OpenSource community in May 2000. HP's
CDSA implementation is based on the Intel V2.0 Release 3 reference
platform, which implements CDSA V2.0 with Corrigenda, as defined
in The Open Group's Technical Standard C914, May 2000.