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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Client for URLs (cURL)
Client for URLs (cURL) Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Client for URLs (cURL) is an open source command line application for transferring data with uniform resource locator (URL) syntax that supports a variety of network protocols including File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Gopher, Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol over SSL (LDAPS), Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3), Post Office Protocol 3 Secure (POP3S), Secure Copy Protocol (SCP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and others.

This TRM entry addresses cURL as a standalone product only. If cURL is bundled with a particular platform or application, it is the responsibility of the vendor to provide patching. The administrator of the machine is responsible for ensuring all relevant patches are applied. See the components section of other TRM entries, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to confirm the bundled installation of cURL is TRM approved with that product.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v23.11
Decision Date: 11/17/2023 at 03:58:00 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: MIT (Mass. Inst. Tech.)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/17/2023 at 03:58:00 UTC).