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From: <david.solo@citicorp.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 14:08:03 -0400
Message-Id: <H0000cc4041dbba6@MHS>
TO: w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org
CC: dsolo@alum.mit.edu
Attached is an in process draft of the new document.  While I'm in the middle  
of finishing this, I wanted to get something out before the weekend and next  
Monday's FTF.  I'll be posting an updated draft some time Sunday that will  
include the DTD, some reformatting, and more content (although any comments are  
welcome in the mean time).

This document
- reflects syntax changes from my last note and recent list discussions
- new names for some elements and attributes (As I've mentioned before, I'm  
more than willing to change any of these)
- sections describing each element
- preliminary thoughts on keyinfo



Dave

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XML Digital Signature Syntax and Processing  

David Solo
Citigroup
dsolo@alum.mit.edu

27 August 1999

1.0 Introduction

This document describes the proposed syntax and processing rules for the  
XML Digital Signature Standard.  This standard provides a mechanism for  
applying digital signatures to XML documents and other internet  
resources.   
The structure allows for both embedded and detached signatures.  An  
embedded signature may either include the signature within the signed  
object or embed the signed object within the signature.  A detached  
signature allows the signature to be independent of the object.  The  
processing structure allows for switching between embedded and detached  
signatures without invalidating the signature.
In addition to the basic signature document type, this document also  
defines other useful types including a manifest for referencing multiple  
resources and key management and algorithm definitions.

2.0 General model

The general structure of an XML signature document is:

<signature>
  <signedinfo/>
  <signedobject/>
  <keyinfo/>
  <signaturevalue/>
</signature>

2.1 signedinfo

signedinfo is the actual data over which the signature is calculated.   
It contains control information (algorithm identifiers, pre-processing  
transformations), a digest over the object being signed, and optional  
signed attributes (information associated with the signature).   

2.2 signedobject

signedobject is an optional element which is used to include the object  
being signed within the signature document.  When present this element  
may contain any item and specifies the encoding.

2.3 keyinfo

keyinfo is an optional element which enables the recipient(s) to obtain  
the key(s) needed to validate the signature.  keyinfo may contain the  
key, may name the key, may include certificates and other public key  
management information, may include inband key distribution or agreement  
data, or use any other method.

2.4 signaturevalue

signaturevalue contains the actual value of the digital signature.  The  
ability to define a signaturealg and signaturevalue pair which includes  
multiple distinct signatures is explicitly permitted (e.g. “rsawithsha-1  
and ecdsawithsha-1”).

3.0 signedinfo

The structure of signedinfo is:

<signedinfo>
  <c14nalg/>
  <signaturealg/>
  <signedobjectdata/>
  <signedattributes/>
</signedinfo>

The signedinfo element may contain an optional ID field that will allow  
it to be referenced by other signatures.

3.1 c14nalg

c14nalg is an optional element which specifies the c14n algorithm  
applied to the signedinfo element prior to performing signature  
calculations.  If the default c14n algorithm for signedinfo is used,  
this element may be omitted.  This element uses the general structure  
here for algorithms in which an href is included as an attribute naming  
the algorithm and and optional contents of the element contain any  
parameter, value, or other information defined by the algorithm name.   
Possible options may include a null algorithm (no changes), a simple  
identity algorithm (CRLF and charset normalization), and more extensive  
transformations such as the W3C c14n proposal.

3.2 signaturealg

signaturealg is a required element which specifies the algorithm used  
for signature generation and validation.  This algorithm ID identifies  
all cryptographic functions involved in the signature operation (e.g.  
hashing, public key algorithms, MACs, etc.).  This element uses the  
general structure here for algorithms in which an href is included as an  
attribute naming the algorithm and optional contents of the element  
contain any parameter, value, or other information defined by the  
algorithm name.  While there is a single identifier, that identifier may  
specify a format containing multiple distinct signature values.

3.3 signedobjectdata

The structure of signedobjectdata is:

<signedobjectdata>
  <objectlocation/>
  <transformations/>
  <digestalg/>
  <digestvalue/>
</signedobjectdata>

3.3.1 objectlocation

objectlocation identifies where to find the signedobject and optionally  
information about the type of object being signed (e.g. manifest,  
package, document, signedinfo, PDF file).  This element may be omitted  
if the location is implicit in the application.  The element contains  
two attributes, a type href and a location href.

3.3.2 transformations

transformations is an optional element that contains one or more  
operations to be performed on the signedobject prior to signature  
calculation.  Examples of transformations include c14n, exclusion  
(omitting certain portions of the object from the signature), encoding,  
etc.  Each element within transformations uses the general structure  
here for algorithms in which an href is included as an attribute naming  
the algorithm and optional contents of the element contain any  
parameter, value, or other information defined by the algorithm name.   
If the transformations element is omitted, the only operation performed  
is the default object c14n algorithm (null or identity).

3.3.3 digestalg

digestalg is a required element which identifies the digest algorithm to  
be applied to the signed object.  This element uses the general  
structure here for algorithms in which an href is included as an  
attribute naming the algorithm and optional contents of the element  
contain any parameter, value, or other information defined by the  
algorithm name.

3.3.4 digestvalue

digestvalue is a required element which contains the base64 encoded  
value of the digest.

3.4 signedattributes

signedattributes is an optional element which contains one or more  
attributedata elements.  Each attributedata element contains a type  
attribute naming the attribute type with an href and has a value defined  
by the type.  signedattributes contain information associated with the  
signature itself.  Information about the content should be included  
within the signedobject.

4.0 signedobject

signedobject is an optional element which contains the signed object  
identified in signed info.  This element is used for embedded signatures  
where the object being signed is to be included in the signature  
document.  The signedobject element may include optional type, ID, and  
encoding attributes and may contain any data.

5.0 keyinfo

keyinfo is an optional element which enables the recipient(s) to obtain  
the key(s) needed to validate the signature.  If omitted, the recipient  
is expected to be able to identify the key based on application context  
information.  This element contains one or more elements providing  
information for the recipient(s).  Some types are defined here, although  
applications may define any mechanism they choose.

5.1 keyname

keyname contains an identifier for the key which may be useful to the  
recipient.  This may be a name, index, etc.   It  

5.2 keyvalue

keyvalue contains the actual key(s) used to validate the signature.  If  
the key is sent in protected form, the keymgmtdata element should be  
used.  Specific types must be defined for each algorithm type (see  
algorithms).

5.3 subjectname

subjectname contains one or more names for the sender.

5.4 keyretrievalmethod

keyretrievalmethod is a uri which may be used to obtain key and/or  
certificate information.

5.5 x509data

x509data contains an identifier of the key/cert used for validation  
(either an issuerserial value, a subject name, or a subjectkeyID) and an  
optional collection of certificates and revocation/status information  
which may be used by the recipient. issuerserial contains the encoded  
issuer name (RFCxxxx) along with the serial number.

5.6 pgpdata

5.7 keymgmtdata

keymgmtdata contains in-band key distribution or agreement data.   
Examples may include DH key exchange, RSA key encryption etc.

6.0 signaturevalue

signaturevalue is a required element which contains the base64 encoded  
value of the signature as defined by the signaturealg value in  
signedinfo.

7.0 Algorithms

This sections identifies algorithms used with the XML digital signature  
standard.  Entries contain the identifier to be used in signature  
documents, a reference to the formal specification, and definitions,  
where applicable, for the representation of keys and the results of  
cryptographic operations.

7.1 Digest algorithms

7.2 Signature algorithms

7.3 c14n algorithms

8.0 Processing rules

These sections describe the operations to be performed as part of  
signature generation and validation.  The description is of a logical  
behavior and does not specify an order of execution, nor specify  
discrete steps.

8.1 Generation
a) apply transformations determined by application to object to be  
signed.
b) calculate digest over object
c) create signedobjectdata element including location of object, digest,  
and transformation and digest algorithm elements, if required.
d) create signedinfo element with signaturealg, c14nalg (for  
signedinfo), signedobjectdata, and signedattributes (if any).
e) canonicalize and calculate signature over signedinfo based on  
algorithms in step d.
f) construct signature document with signedinfo, signedobject (if  
desired, encoding may be different than that used for signing), keyinfo  
(if required), and signaturevalue.

8.2 Validation  
a) locate and apply transformations (e.g. c14n) to the signed object  
based on signedobjectdata in the signedinfo element.
b) calculate digest over transformed signed object based on the  
algorithm in signedobjectdata.  If the object is contained within the  
signedobject element, only the object itself is hashed (i.e. the  
<signedobject> and </signedobject> tags are excluded).
c) compare value against digest value in signedinfo (if mismatch,  
validation fails).
d) canonicalize the signedinfo element based on the c14n algorithm ID  
in signedinfo (or based on the default if absent).
e) obtain the validation keying info from keyinfo or externally.
f) validate the signaturevalue based on the signaturealg in the  
signedinfo
element, the key obtained in step c, and the results of step d.
- Digest calculation is performed over the signedInfo element including  
start and end tags.
- The signedattributes element is treated as opaque with respect to     
processing (i.e. signedattributes do not effect processing and are just  
included in the signaturevalue calculation).

9.0 DTD

10.0 Example syntax:

<dsig:signature>
  <dsig:signedinfo ID="...">
    <dsig:c14nalg type="null"/>
      <!-- applies to signedInfo, should have a default value -->
    <dsig:signaturealg type="rsaWithSHA-1"/>
    <dsig:signedobjectdata>
      <dsig:objectlocation type="http://..." href="..."/>  
      <dsig:transformations>
        <!--applies to object-->
         <dsig:c14nalg type="http://..."/>
         <dsig:encoding type="http://..."/>
      </dsig:transformations>
      <dsig:digestalg type="sha-1"/>
      <dsig:digestvalue value="a23bcd43" />
    </dsig:signedobjectdata>
    <dsig:signedattributes>
      <dsig:attributedata type="http://...">   19990824132700Z   
      </dsig:attributedata>
    </dsig:signedattributes>
  </dsig:signedinfo>
  <dsig:signedobject ID="..." type="http://..." encoding="http://...">
    <!-- present if embedded object -->
    jhasodutoinwoiahsh
  </dsig:signedobject>
  <dsig:keyinfo  
     <dsig:keyname> 3 </dsig:keyname>
  </dsig:keyinfo>
  <dsig:signaturevalue> dd2323dd </dsig:signaturevalue>
</dsig:signature>


11.0 Open Issues

1) At this time, the only method supported is to calculate a digest over  
the signed object and include that digest in signedinfo.  The signed  
object may be anything (a manifest, a document, another signedinfo  
element, etc.).  Only a single such digest may appear (signing multiple  
items is handled in the signedobject (e.g. in a manifest).  Alternatives  
would allow the actual object to be included within signed info or to  
allow multiple digests.  The decision to always use the digest method is  
based on separating the pre-processing transformations (e.g. encoding,  
c14n) for signedinfo and for the object itself and also to allow for  
switching between detached and embedded signatures.   

2) Default c14n algorithms for signedinfo and for objects.  Other  
defaults.  Mandatory to implement cryptographic algorithms and keyinfo  
types.

3) Identifying signed object.  How do we handle the pointer from  
signedinfo to the signed object, and what rules need to be defined for  
the ID attributes in signedinfo and signedobject?

12.0 Security Considerations

13.0 References

14.0 Acknowledgements


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