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Electronic Documents and Digital Signatures
Kunal Kain
Dartmouth TR2003-457

Abstract: Often, the main motivation for using PKI in business environments is to streamline workflow, by enabling humans to digitally sign electronic documents, instead of manually signing paper ones. However, this application fails if adversaries can construct electronic documents whose viewed contents can change in useful ways, without invalidating the digital signature. In this paper, we examine the space of such attacks, and describe how many popular electronic document formats and PKI packages permit them.

Note: A revised version was published as follows:
K. Kain, S.W. Smith, R. Asokan.
"Digital Signatures and Electronic Documents: A Cautionary Tale."
Advanced Communications and Multimedia Security,
pp. 293-307, September 2002. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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