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Signing HTTP Messages

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Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
Authors Mark Cavage , Manu Sporny
Last updated 2018-11-16 (Latest revision 2018-05-15)
Replaced by draft-ietf-httpbis-message-signatures, draft-ietf-httpbis-message-signatures
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When communicating over the Internet using the HTTP protocol, it can be desirable for a server or client to authenticate the sender of a particular message. It can also be desirable to ensure that the message was not tampered with during transit. This document describes a way for servers and clients to simultaneously add authentication and message integrity to HTTP messages by using a digital signature.


Mark Cavage
Manu Sporny

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