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

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11.2. SOAP XMLDSIG

Chapter 8 describes the SOAP protocol framework. The W3C Note [SOAP-Sec] specifies a method for including XML digital signatures in SOAP messages. As you might expect from the generality of the SOAP syntax, the method is also fairly general. Limitations would likely be found in further profiling for specific applications based on SOAP.

The [SOAP-Sec] document accomplishes this goal by providing a SOAP Signature element so that an application can freely include it as a SOAP Header Block. This element has as its content a single XML digital signature and may have the additional attributes of SOAP blocks as well. Also, SOAP defines a global “id” attribute that applications can use in elements to be signed; as a consequence, they ...

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