Important Information about your Verisign Certificates
As of January 1, 2000 Verisign is changing the format of the
certificates they issue. They will be issuing version 3 certificates
instead of the current version 1 certificates. To support this change
by Verisign, I/NET has ported a new version of the SSL code for
Commerce Server/400 and Webulator/400 2.0. To install and use this new
version of the SSL code you will need to download and install PTFs
that are now available. Customers who are using Commerce Server/400 or
Webulator/400 2.0 but are not using SSL certificates will not be
affected by this change.
This note is to inform you of the availability of an extremely important
enhancement to certain I/NET products that support this change to
Verisign. It is vital that, as a user of Commerce Server/400 or
Webulator/400 2.0, you understand and act on this information -
otherwise you will no longer be able to conduct secure transactions
over the Internet when your current Verisign certificate expires.
What will happen if I don't install the PTFs? Your Commerce Server/400
and Webulator/400 2.0 products will work satisfactorily until your
agreement with Verisign needs to be renewed. At this point Verisign
will require that your AS/400 supports the version 3 certificates,
otherwise you will not be able to conduct secure data flows.
How do I get the PTFs?
You will need the following PTFs -
If you are familiar with retrieving and installing PTFs from the I/NET
site you can go to the above links to download the PTFs directly. If
you require assistance in doing this, you should contact the
Distributor through whom you purchased the product or the support
agency with whom you have a support contract for the products.
Customers who do not know their Distributor nor have a support contract should
contact I/NET support.
If you have current maintenance for the products, we have made
available new refreshes of the Commerce Server/400 and Webulator/400
2.0 products which will include these PTFs as well as all other PTFs
up to this point. These refreshes are available early in the new
year. If time allows, you may prefer to wait for these to become
available via your Distributor and install completely refreshed
products The refreshed levels of the products will be Commerce
Server/400 1.0d and Webulator/400 2.0b.
When do I need to install the PTFs?
There is no absolute requirement to install the PTFs before your
Verisign certificate needs renewal. Current Verisign certificates will
continue to work until their expiration date. Verisign will not renew
your certificate after January 1 2000 unless you have these PTFs
installed. You may install the PTFs at any point prior to your request
to Verisign for certificate renewal.
Note: This PTF is being treated as an 'enhancement' - and would
normally be available only to customers with a current I/NET
maintenance agreement. However, because of the critical nature of the
PTFs, they are being made available to all customers for a limited
period of time - until February 28th 2000 after which they will be
available only to customers with a current I/NET maintenance
agreement. Further 'enhancement' PTFs and upgrades will also only be
available free of charge to customers with current maintenance
For details of maintenance contracts and pricing, please contact your
Distributor or see the I/NET extended support policy.
Are these PTFs designed to cure a Year2000 bug?
NO. These PTFs are not fixes for any 'bug' in the I/NET code. They
have been created to support a change in the way that Verisign is
supporting its customers. These changes have no relationship to any
What else is contained in the PTFs?
These enhancement PTFs also contain support for additional certificate
authorities, such as Thawte. See the PTF descriptions for more
What about other I/NET products?
The only I/NET products to be affected by the Verisign change are
Commerce Server/400 and Webulator/400 2.0. For customers on current
maintenance, we are also issuing a refreshed version of Web Server/400
(1.3c) and Webulator/400 1.1 (1.1b). Merchant/400 customers should be
aware that we have already issued a new version of Merchant/400
(1.2). The current level of Net Print/400 remains at 1.0 - but there
is an additional PTF available from the site which fixes a recorded
bug and delivers useful new functionality.