This article is from the Secure Sockets Layer Discussion List FAQ, by Shannon Appel SAppel@consensus.com with numerous contributions by others.
TLS is the Transport Layer Security Working Group of the IETF
(Internet Engineering Task Force). It is the working group
responsible for moving transport layer protocols such as SSL
through the standards tracks.
IETF working groups do most of their activities through mailing
lists and thrice-annual IETF meetings. The first official IETF-TLS
Working Group meeting was June 1996 in Montreal. (Before then it was
an unofficial BOF "birds of a feather" group.)
The home page for the IETF-TLS Working Group is at
The discussion list for IETF-TLS is at IETF-TLS@CONSENSUS.COM. You
subscribe and unsubscribe by sending to IETF-TLS@CONSENSUS.COM with
subscribe or unsubscribe in the SUBJECT of the message. Archives of
the list are at
Minutes are available for a number of past IETF-TLS meetings.
Not currently available
A number of internet-draft documents have been submitted to the
IETF-TLS Working Group.
The TLS Protocol 1.0 (Current Version 06):
Addition of Kerberos Cipher Suites to Transport Layer
ECC Cipher Suites for TLS
HTTP over SSL:
An Internet AttributeCertificate Profile for Authorization
TLS extensions for AttributeCertificate based authorization
The following internet drafts are expired, but are of historical
Addition of Shared Key Authentication to Transport Layer
(16885 bytes, expires May '97)
Modifications to the SSL protocol for TLS:
<draft-ietf-tls-ssl-mods-00.txt> (9271 bytes, expires May '97)
Secure FTP over SSL:
(14238 bytes, expires June '97)
SSH Transport Layer Protocol (originally
(44411 bytes, expired December '96)