Semantic Digital Signatures

We discuss the need of addressing, in a uniform way, digital signatures with rich semantics, for enabling increased automation of signature processing. We present a scheme for combining digital signatures with the formal and extensible semantics of the Semantic Web, as a standard layer in applications using digital signatures. We introduce several constructions and processes towards realizing this end, a new class of attack against semantically enabled applications, and measures of avoiding this attack class. Finally, we simplify a few existing processes that use digital signatures by expressing them in terms of semantic signatures.

By: Daniela Bourges-Waldegg, Christian Hoertnagl, James Riordan

Published in: RZ3720 in 2008


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