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Alternate Representations of the Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) Using S-Expressions, S-PKCS Matthew WoodCarl Ellison Intel Corporation 1999 PKCS.

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1 Alternate Representations of the Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) Using S-Expressions, S-PKCS Matthew WoodCarl Ellison Intel Corporation 1999 PKCS Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden

2 Why Define Data Encodings? 4 Cross-platform data exchange 4 Persistent storage 4 Interoperability of independently implemented modules

3 Drawbacks of ASN.1 and BER/DER 4 BER often includes several different, but equally valid encodings of the same data. 4 Identity of data structures is assumed based on the context where it is found... –within other data structures –position within a higher level structure 4 Parsing engine is large and complicated

4 Benefits of S-expressions 4 Single encoding for any value 4 Identity of all data structures is explicit 4 Small, simple parsing engine 4 Encoded structures are often shorter than their DER encoded versions

5 Examples: PKCS #1 4 (sha1 #F47D…#) 4 (public-key (rsa (n #…#) (e #010001#) ) )

6 Examples: PKCS #5 4 (pbes2-params (pkcs5-pbkdf2 (pbkdf2-params (specified #...#) #03E8# (hmac-sha1) ) ) (des-cbc (iv # ABCDEF#) ) )

7 Questions?


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