IBM Announces Prototype XML Security Tools
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IBM this week announced the developer release of a new set of prototype XML security tools available on its alphaWorks Web site. The new XML Security Suite features reference implementations of XML-based security solutions.
The XML Security Suite has the capability of enhancing XML-related transactions by extending the abilities of current security technologies by introducing new security features including digital signatures, element-wise encryption and access control.
IBM hopes these tools will initiate and provide a starting point for XML-security discussions in the Web industry with Internet standard bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Developers and customers will be able to add to the discussion by providing feedback on these tools on IBM's alphaWorks discussion forums.
The initial release of IBM's XML Security Suite includes reference implementations of DOMHASH, a proposed security technique for XML documents, along with two sample applications. DOMHASH provides a basis for the XML digital signatures that are being proposed by both the IETF and W3C. Also included with the suite are three tools: a DOMHASH reference implementations, XML Digital Signature with sample implementations, and a DOMHASH utility for testing DOM and SAX.