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.NET Framework Security by Kevin T. Price, Rudi Martin, Matthew Lyons, Sebastian Lange, Brian A. LaMacchia

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The Structure of an XMLDSIG Signature

We turn our attention now to the structure of an XMLDSIG signature object and its various subcomponents. Our goal in this section is to provide a comprehensive guide to an XMLDSIG Signature element and its various subcomponents. We will walk through the Signature structure in a top-down fashion, first describing the high-level components of a signature and then describing the various subcomponents in more detail.

Figure 32.5 shows a graphical block diagram of the major components that together comprise an XMLDSIG signature object, and the corresponding XML structure is shown in Listing 32.3.

Figure 32.5. Block diagram of the top-level components of an XMLDSIG signature.
Listing 32.3. A High-Level Representation ...

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