W3C recommends XML security standard

Looking to advance the security around XML, the W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) on Thursday officially recommended the XML Signature specification as an industry standard.

The specification was created jointly by the W3C and the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) to provide the ability to sign documents as well as to ensure that documents were signed by the person who claims to have signed them and that documents have not been altered.

XML Signature also serves as the foundation for security architecture and individual specifications, according to Janet Daly, spokesperson for the W3C, in Cambridge, Mass.

XML Signature is one of three XML-related specifications in development at the W3C that will contribute to overall Web services security. The other two are XML Encryption and XML Key Management, Daly added.

XML Encryption and XML Key Management are still in development, Daly said.

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