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Digital Signatures and PKCS#11 Smart Cards: Concepts, Issues and Some Programming Details

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Executive Summary

With the need for information security in today's digital systems growing, cryptography has become one of its critical components. Digital signatures are one of the many uses of cryptography. PKCS#11, also known as Cryptoki, was defined by RSA and is a generic cryptographic token interface. This paper deals with applying digital signatures on documents using cryptographic smart cards and readers. The paper shall also discuss using MS Crypto API for verifying these digital signatures. It is assumed that the reader has some idea of cryptography.

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