Rich Salz

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Rich Salz is an American computer programmer and engineer.


As of July 2014, Rich Salz is a principal engineer at Akamai Technologies.[1]

His previous position was technical lead for the XML appliance products at IBM.[2] He came to IBM when he was Chief Security Officer of DataPower, which was acquired by IBM in 2005.

He has made numerous contributions to recent work on XML[3][4][non-primary source needed] and SOAP specifications,[5][non-primary source needed] particularly involving security.

He was an early contributor to the free software movement. In 1986 he replaced John P. Nelson as editor of the original "moderated" Usenet group for free source code, mod.sources[6] (later renamed to comp.sources.unix[7]). This newsgroup was a primary distribution medium for high quality free software before Internet access became available to the public. He wrote cshar, which became the basis for sharutils.[8][discuss] Salz posted early releases of patch, localtime, perl, cvs, elm, and the first free tar program. He passed the job of editor to Paul Vixie in 1991.[9][10] He also wrote InterNetNews,[11] "the first available news server"[12] and "the original software that most large news servers used" in Usenet.[13] His select-based I/O architecture in INN has been replicated in high performance HTTP servers.[14] Rich Salz was one of the authors of RFC 4122: A Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) URN Namespace.[15]

Personal life[edit]

For many years, he spelled his name 'Rich $alz' (see Talk:Rich Salz for an explanation).


  1. ^ Jeremy Kirk (April 14, 2014). "Akamai admits issuing faulty OpenSSL patch, reissues keys". Computer World. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rich Salz". XML Summer School. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  3. ^ Salz, Rich. "Essential xml web services security practices." In Proceedings of 2003 XML Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 2003.
  4. ^ Salz, Rich. "Understanding XML Digital Signature." Retrieved May 3 (2003): 2004.
  5. ^ Salz, Rich. "Securing Web Services." In Proc of O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conf. 2003.
  6. ^ "Many newsgroup postings". Newsgroupmod.sources. Retrieved 2006-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Many newsgroup postings". Newsgroupcomp.sources.unix. Retrieved 2006-11-18. 
  8. ^ Thomas E. Dickey. "Comments on Shar/Utils". Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rich Salz (November 14, 1991). "v24INF3: New moderator". Newsgroupcomp.sources.d. 
  10. ^ Paul Vixie (July 1, 1992). "v26INF4: Why moderating comp.sources.unix is difficult and slow". Newsgroupcomp.sources.unix. 
  11. ^ Casting the Net, by Peter Salus (Addison-Wesley, March 1995; ISBN 0-201-87674-4), page 139
  12. ^ Milicchio, Franco; Gehrke, Wolfgang Alexander (2007), Distributed Services with OpenAFS: for Enterprise and Education, Springer, p. 264, ISBN 9783540366348 
  13. ^ Malamud, Carl (1997), A World's Fair for the Global Village, MIT Press, p. 170, ISBN 978-0262133388 
  14. ^ "Usenet news software - Chapter 3.2. INN". Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  15. ^ "RFC 4122 - A Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) URN Namespace". Network Working Group, IETF. July 2005. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 

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