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Use Cases and Requirements for JSON Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE) (RFC7165) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236247D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Apr-16
Document File: 50 page(s) / 58K

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R. Barnes: AUTHOR


Internet applications rest on the layered architecture of the Internet and take advantage of security mechanisms at all layers. Many applications rely primarily on channel-based security technologies such as IPsec and Transport Layer Security (TLS), which create a secure channel at the IP layer or transport layer over which application data can flow [RFC4301] [RFC5246]. These mechanisms, however, cannot provide end-to-end security in some cases. For example, in protocols with application-layer intermediaries, channel- based security protocols would protect messages from attackers between intermediaries, but not from the intermediaries themselves. These cases require object-based security technologies, which embed application data within a secure object that can be safely handled by untrusted entities.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         R. Barnes Request for Comments: 7165                                       Mozilla Category: Informational                                       April 2014 ISSN: 2070-1721

                      Use Cases and Requirements for                JSON Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE)


   Many Internet applications have a need for object-based security    mechanisms in addition to security mechanisms at the network layer or    transport layer.  For many years, the Cryptographic Message Syntax    (CMS) has provided a binary secure object format based on ASN.1.    Over time, binary object encodings such as ASN.1 have become less    common than text-based encodings, such as the JavaScript Object    Notation (JSON).  This document defines a set of use cases and    requirements for a secure object format encoded using JSON, drawn    from a variety of application security mechanisms currently in    development.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Barnes                        Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7165                     JOSE Use Cases                   April 2014

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   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3

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