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Secure XML: The New Syntax for Signatures and Encryption by Kitty Niles, Donald E. Eastlake

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Chapter 10. XML Signatures and Authentication

XML digital authentication is accomplished by means of XML data structures called digital signatures, as described in this chapter.

For simplicity, readability, and historical reasons, the term "signature" in this book usually refers to the general class of digital authentication values. Strictly speaking, "digital signature" refers to authentication values based on public key systems. Symmetric secret key authentication values are more properly called "authentication codes"; this book uses that term, or "authenticator," when referring to that type of authentication.

After an introduction to the XML ...

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