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Re ACTION-191: ECPoint to octet string

From: Magnus Nyström <magnus@rsa.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 12:22:42 +0100 (W. Europe Standard Time)
To: public-xmlsec@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.64.0902031207090.1248@W-JNISBETTEST-1.tablus.com>

This is to follow-up on ACTION-191 on the EC point to octet string 
conversion. I note that the new draft does not any longer reference ANSI 
X9.62, instead, it references SEC-1 for the conversion of _field elements_ 
to octet strings. This makes for an inconsistency between ANSI X9.62, 
SEC-1 and RFC 3279 on the one hand and this spec on the other hand in how 
EC points are represented. In the former ones, an EC Point is represented 
as an octet string. In the current XMLDsig draft it is represented as two 
octet strings, each representing one of the two the field elements 
constituting the point. Now I understand that it was not the idea to do a 
direct translation of the ASN.1 of X9.62 (or SEC-1 or RFC 3279), but I 
guess there is also something to be said about the simplifications that 
can be made by having a similar treatment of the underlying data.

-- Magnus
Received on Tuesday, 3 February 2009 11:23:14 UTC

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