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Another solution to Reference Properties

From: Amir Herzberg <AMIR@newgenpay.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 10:27:48 +0300
Message-ID: <078EE8822DCFD411AAA1000629D56ADC0B7D46@IMP01>
To: "Dsig (E-mail)" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
Thinking again on Merlin's note... He suggested adding a ReferenceProperties
element within Object, thereby not requiring change in the spec. But, I
believe we can place the Object tag only in the main Signature element,
which makes the linkage between it and the reference itself quite obscure;
also, since we obviously need to _sign_ the date/time (or other reference
property), this requires to also sign the Object, which makes it even more

If we could have Object in Reference also, as a general extension mechanism,
it would mostly solve the problem (except it would leave the time
non-standardized - I think time is such an important element of many
signatures that we should have standardized way to specify it). 

So I still prefer us to agree on a simple DT attribute to Reference. But
allowing Object under Reference would be almost as good. 

Best regards, 
Amir Herzberg
CTO, NewGenPay Inc.  
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Received on Sunday, 8 July 2001 03:24:10 UTC

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