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Digital Signature Standard (DSS)



Elaine B. Barker


[Superseded by FIPS 186-2 (January 27, 2000):] This standard specifies a suite of algorithms which can be used to generate a digital signature. Digital signatures are used to detect unauthorized modifications to data and to authenticate the identity of the signatory. In addition, the recipient of signed data can use a digital signature in proving to a third party that the signature was in fact generated by the signatory. This is known as nonrepudiation since the signatory cannot, at a later time, repudiate the signature. [Supersedes FIPS 186 (May 19, 1994 w/ Change Notice 1 from 12/30/1996):]
Federal Inf. Process. Stds. (NIST FIPS) - 186-1
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ADP security, computer security, digital signatures, public-key cryptography, Federal Information Processing Standard


Barker, E. (1998), Digital Signature Standard (DSS), Federal Inf. Process. Stds. (NIST FIPS), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 19, 2024)


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Created December 15, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017