Message Authentication

Message authentication guarantees the authenticity and integrity of a message by ensuring that

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Checksums, CRC-values, and parity checks are examples of basic message authentication and integrity controls. More advanced message authentication is performed by using digital signatures and message digests.

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Digital signatures

The Digital Signature Standard (DSS), published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 186-1, specifies two acceptable algorithms in its standard: the RSA Digital Signature Algorithm and the Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA, which is based on a modified El ...

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