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How to sign several resources (XML and XSL)?

From: Andreas Siglreithmayr <andreas.siglreithmayr@ixos.de>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 10:36:46 +0200
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To: "W3c-Ietf-Xmldsig (E-mail)" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
	I am a German student of Computer Science and am currently working
as an intern at iXOS Software. 

	I would be very grateful if someone could answer a few questions for
	I would like to know how an XML-signature (over several resources)
could be implemented.
	One problem is that XML represents the content of a document and the
presentation of the document is dependent on a style sheet, e.g. an XSL

	I think that if someone signs an XML-document, s/he would also have
to sign the corresponding XSL file.
	If you didn't do this, someone could hide a text by changing the
colour of the text in the XSL so it was the same colour as the background.
	Do you have any idea how this problem should be solved in an
upcoming standard for signatures in XML?

	I would be most grateful if someone could explain it in an example
and what it would look like.

	Would the following algorithm be correct:

	compute the digest of each resource (XSL, XML, etc.)

	merge all digests

	compute the digest of the result

	sign this digest and

	write the result in the <Value>-tag of the <Signature>-tag.

	If this is correct, where would the final digest be written to in
the XML-Signature?

	Thankyou very much for your help.

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