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Re: Some strawman ideas for a minimum DSig profile

From: Sean Mullan <Sean.Mullan@Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:19:27 -0400
To: Bruce Rich <brich@us.ibm.com>
Cc: public-xmlsec@w3.org
Message-id: <48B402DF.8060606@sun.com>

Actually, my approach would be consistent with best practice #1. The 
detached signature is validated first and then the references are validated.


Bruce Rich wrote:
> Sean,
> I am in sympathy with your approach.  However, the processing order you 
> suggest below (which may be correct for performance)
> is contrary to that which is recommended for Best Practice #1 
> (http://www.w3.org/2007/xmlsec/Drafts/xmldsig-bestpractices/#denial-of-service). 
> It may be too early to consider that dimension as well, but at some 
> point we will need to think about mitigation of risk in a 
> highly-performant profile.
> It may be that we can sidestep the issue by excluding from the profile 
> the type of interactions that drove the best-practices recommendation.
> Bruce A Rich
> brich at-sign us dot ibm dot com
> Sean Mullan wrote on 08/21/2008 12:22:49 PM:
>  >
>  > It also occured to me that many of these minimal processing and
>  > verification issues could be solved if the xml signature was always
>  > stored in a separate xml document, and somehow safely associated or
>  > packaged with what it is signing (like a zip file). Then a validator
>  > could first parse/verify the signature, authenticate the signer, and
>  > then validate the reference digests in the document(s) in a streaming
>  > manner. Has anyone thought about that and making this a requirement for
>  > a minimal profile?
>  >
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