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 Alpha operating system. CDSA is compatible
with OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.2-2 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 plug-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.
For more information about CDSA, see HP Open Source Security for OpenVMS, Volume 1: Common Data Security