XAdES Specification based on the Apache XMLSec Project
by Krassen Deltchev, M.Sc. Applied Computer Sciences at Ruhr-University Bochum graduate on May 05, 2012
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This B.Sc. project thesis is presented to the ...
This B.Sc. project thesis is presented to the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Sciences
of the Ruhr-University of Bochum
Chair of Network and Data Security
of the Ruhr-University of Bochum,
Prof. Jörg Schwenk
XML Advanced Electronic Signature (XAdES) provides basic authentication and integrity protection, and
satisfies the legal requirements for advanced electronic signatures.There are several implementations of
XAdES, but most of them are not OpenSource, or are partialy proprietary software. Great project concerned
with Digital Electronic Signatures is the OpenSource Apache XML Security Project. For the developer and
common user there is an implementation for the XMLDSIG specification, but still no one for XAdES.
The free source code implemetations of XAdES threat this project as a separate one and there is no interface,
which can explicit assemble them into the Apache XML Sec. That’s why, the scope of our project is to create
a library, that implements XAdES into the OpenSource Apache XML Security- to extend its functionality
and level of security, so using the Apache XML Sec, gives the opportunity to handle Advanced Electronic
Signatures, which is a standard of security nowadays.
The library is developed in Java, because shouldn’t be any kind of OS platform - dependencies, using it as a
plug-in to the Security Project of Apache.
More detailed, to validate the signing and verifying of signatures, and also test our code, we use the text-
based test suite of JUnit.
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