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

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Chapter 14. XKMS: XML Key Management

The XKMS XML Key Management system has two goals:

  • To minimize the effort required by clients to obtain keys and verify trust in them by providing a server or servers with which the client can have a trust relationship. This server or servers can then unload several tasks from the client: locating servers from which to obtain revocation information, obtaining and using revocation information, validating chains of certificates, and more.

  • To provide, where appropriate, central control of policy among a group of clients by implementing that policy at the XKMS server or servers used by those clients.

The key management system consists of two parts:

  • The Key Information Service, for obtaining keys and information ...

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