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   Re: [xml-dev] InfoPath Digital Signature controversy?

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With all due respect to the author of the vnunet.com article and to the
participants in the W3C thread, I would like to see an official response
to this from Microsoft. I'm personally not convinced that this is not a
case of a misunderstanding of functionality.

Kind Regards,
Joe Chiusano
Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Michael Champion wrote:
> I came across this article in Robin Cover's xml.org newswire ...
> http://www.vnunet.com/News/1145784   with the somewhat inflamatory
> subtitle "World Wide Web Consortium says InfoPath signatures cannot be
> trusted."  A little searching identified what looks like the primary
> source:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-ietf-xmldsig/2003OctDec/
> 0010.html  (hardly an official pronouncement of the W3C!)  The gist
> seems to be:
>      "Since InfoPath signs the data only, it is extremely easy to add
> things to the user interface after the user has signed, like fine print
> obligating the user to terms and conditions to which the signer did not
> originally agree "
> The article implies that XForms is somehow more secure or friendly to
> DSig than InfoPath, but the posting and followups make clear that
> XForms has no DSig story.
> Thoughts, or context on all this, anyone?   Nobody in authority at W3C
> has jumped into this have they?  This was cross-posted all over the
> place and I didn't follow the other threads ... anything interesting
> come out in them?
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