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Re: xenc:EncryptedKey/@Type

From: Joseph Reagle <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 15:17:38 -0500
Message-Id: <200201022017.PAA29777@tux.w3.org>
To: Christian Geuer-Pollmann <geuer-pollmann@nue.et-inf.uni-siegen.de>, xml-encryption@w3.org
On Wednesday 02 January 2002 11:15, Christian Geuer-Pollmann wrote:
> what does the xenc:EncryptedKey/@Type attribute tell me? (@Type exists in
> the schema for EncryptedType).
> All our examples use a xenc:EncryptedData/@Type which makes sense to me.
> But the Type of an EncryptedKey should be indicated by an Algorithm
> attribute of the EncryptionMethod of the EncryptedData Element.

If it's Element or Content, it tells you it's one of those structures. 
Otherwise the data is handed to the application with the Type/Value as 
advisory -- if provided. However, your question invites a question raised 
earlier as to whether the plaintext carried by an EncryptedKey is always 
the literal key value. I do think we need to provide some guidance 
regardless, but is anyone arguing against the possibility of a 
<PGPData><PGPKeyPacket>...</PGPData><PGPKeyPacket> as the 
plaintext data carried by EncryptedKey?


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