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J2EE™ Security for Servlets, EJBs and Web Services: Applying Theory and Standards to Practice by Pankaj Kumar

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Appendix A. Public Key Cryptography Standards

The Public-Key Cryptography Standards or PKCS are specifications produced by RSA Laboratories in cooperation with secure system developers. First published in 1991 as a result of meetings with a small group of early adopters of public-key technology, the PKCS series specifications have become widely referenced and implemented. Contributions from this series have become part of many formal and de facto standards, including ANSI X9 documents, PKIX, SET, S/MIME, and SSL.

PKCS specifications often use ASN.1 to specify the syntax of digital content. To minimize errors due to typographical mistakes, specifications typically include ASN.1 description as a separate ASCII file. These files, as well as the ...

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