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A Federal Public Key Infrastructure With Multiple Digital Signature Algorithms



William E. Burr, William T. Polk


Several digital algorithms are coming into general use. A certificate containing a key for one algorithm can be signed with a different algorithm. This paper discusses the interoperability issues where different digital signature algorithms are used in one Public Key Infrastructure. The key to interoperability is client software that can validate signatures for all the algorithms used. Some rules that will simplify cer5tification path processing are proposed.
Conference Dates
April 20-22, 1998
Conference Location
Toronto, CA
Conference Title
Public-Key Solution Conference


certification path, digital signature, digital signature algorithms, digital signature certificate, PKI, public key cryptography, public key infrastructure


Burr, W. and Polk, W. (1998), A Federal Public Key Infrastructure With Multiple Digital Signature Algorithms, Public-Key Solution Conference, Toronto, CA, [online], (Accessed May 29, 2024)


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Created April 22, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017