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POCO C++ Encryption SSL

I am implementing an application that is expected to send/receive user authentication info to a remote server. Planning to use POCO library for encryption. I am very new to this kind of C++ application. I see POCO Library (C++ library by Applied Informatics) provides cryptographic hash functions including MD2, MD3, MD5. Also, POCO provides NetSSL for secured communications. I am trying to figure if I can secure the communication of usernames and passwords simply by using the cryptographic hash functions in a static library or simply by using secured sockets or by using both. What are the pros and cons of each method? What are the generic requirements for each method (digital certification server, etc). Assume little to zero exposure to Socket Programming or Encryption.
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Mydeen Yussouf
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Mydeen Yussouf
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jkrCommented:
I'd rather like to point you to boost's SSL support, as it's quite straightfoward and will save you a lot of both your time and scalp hair:

http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_36_0/doc/html/boost_asio/overview/ssl.html
http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_40_0/doc/html/boost_asio/example/ssl/client.cpp
http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_40_0/doc/html/boost_asio/example/ssl/server.cpp

The remaining headache will come from the SSL certificate thing, yet that's nicely described at http://devsec.org/info/ssl-cert.html ("Simple SSL cert HOWTO")
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Mydeen YussoufTechnology GeneralistAuthor Commented:
Sorry I have to use POCO...
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trinitrotolueneDirector - Software EngineeringCommented:
Well its usually a combination of both. A secure communication channel is established for encrypted communication.

If you want to make a start then what better place than

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encryption

Also look around in Experts Exchange
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Encryption/
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