This article is from the Secure Sockets Layer Discussion List FAQ, by Shannon Appel SAppel@consensus.com with numerous contributions by others.
The online version of the technical specifications for the SSL 3.0
protocol is at
A PostScript version is also available at
A FAQ for SSLeay, a freeware implementation which support SSL 2.0,
SSL 3.0, and TLS 1.0, is available at
A rather broad list of public key related documents, with a focus on
certificates and standards can be found at