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XML Specification Introduced

With the hope of allowing easier integration of digital certificates and data encryption into E-commerce applications, VeriSign (Stock: VRSN), Microsoft (stock: MSFT), and WebMethods (stock: WEBM) have introduced the XML Key Management Specification.

Companies trying to implement public key infrastructure in their E-business applications often run into a brick wall, says John Pescatore, Gartner Group research director. "Most of these applications don't have PKI built in, and that means you have to invest to build PKI smarts into every application."

Hurwitz Group security analyst Pete Lindstrom agrees, saying it makes good sense to utilize the Extensible Markup Language to help companies tackle the difficult tasks of digital signature processing, revocation status checking, and certification path location and validation.

With the XML Key Management Specification, along with the recently drafted XML digital signature standards and the recently revealed XML encryption standards, the companies say a framework has emerged for broad interoperability among applications.

The spec will be also be built into the Microsoft .Net architecture.

VeriSign released XML Key Management Specification information today at www.verisign.com/developer/xml, and the spec will be submitted to various Web standards bodies for consideration as an open Internet standard.

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