GnuTLS

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The GNU Transport Layer Security (GnuTLS) Library is a project that aims to develop a library which provides a secure layer, over a reliable transport layer. Currently the GnuTLS library implements the proposed standards by the IETF's TLS working group.

Quoting from RFC 2246 - the TLS 1.0 protocol specification:

"The TLS protocol provides communications privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows client/server applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery."

The core library licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The LGPL license is compatible with a wide range of free licenses, and even permit you to use GnuTLS in non-free proprietary programs.

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