JSON Web Signature JSON Serialization (JWS-JS)
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JOSE Working Group                                              M. Jones
Internet-Draft                                                 Microsoft
Intended status: Standards Track                              J. Bradley
Expires: January 10, 2013                                    independent
                                                             N. Sakimura
                                               Nomura Research Institute
                                                            July 9, 2012

             JSON Web Signature JSON Serialization (JWS-JS)
               draft-jones-jose-jws-json-serialization-00

Abstract

   The JSON Web Signature JSON Serialization (JWS-JS) is a means of
   representing content secured with digital signatures or Hash-based
   Message Authentication Codes (HMACs) using JavaScript Object Notation
   (JSON) data structures.  This specification describes a means of
   representing secured content as a JSON data object (as opposed to the
   JWS specification, which uses a compact serialization with a URL-safe
   representation).  It enables multiple digital signatures and/or HMACs
   to be applied to the same content (unlike JWS).  Cryptographic
   algorithms and identifiers used with this specification are described
   in the separate JSON Web Algorithms (JWA) specification.  The JSON
   Serialization for related encryption functionality is described in
   the separate JSON Web Encryption JSON Serialization (JWE-JS)
   specification.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
     1.1.  Notational Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  JSON Serialization  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   4.  Example JWS-JS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   7.  Open Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   Appendix A.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   Appendix B.  Document History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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1.  Introduction

   The JSON Web Signature JSON Serialization (JWS-JS) is a format for
   representing content secured with digital signatures or Hash-based
   Message Authentication Codes (HMACs) as a JavaScript Object Notation
   (JSON) [RFC4627] object.  It enables multiple digital signatures
   and/or HMACs to be applied to the same content (unlike JWS [JWS]).
   The digital signature and HMAC mechanisms used are independent of the
   type of content being secured, allowing arbitrary content to be
   secured.  Cryptographic algorithms and identifiers used with this
   specification are described in the separate JSON Web Algorithms (JWA)
   [JWA] specification.  The JSON Serialization for related encryption
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