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XML Signatures: Behind the Curtain


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By: Larry Loeb
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March 07, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · XML Signatures: Behind the Curtain
  2. · Introduction
  3. · The Overview
  4. · What They Don't Tell You in the Specification
  5. · The Geek Part
  6. · Signature Elements
  7. · An Example to Mull Over
  8. · A Pithy Summary
  9. · The Resources

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XML Signatures: Behind the Curtain - Introduction
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There's a W3C candidate out for XML signatures that looks fairly close to being the final one, though it is still a work in progress and has not as of this writing officially advanced to the Draft Standard stage (see Resources ). It's also been known to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as RFC 3075. Judging by the author list for this candidate -- which includes folks from the W3, MIT, and Microsoft -- it's clear that the Internet industry is taking this subject seriously.
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