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IETF RFC 3852, Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) Standard or Specification

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Description: This is a standard from The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and can be found at http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/rfc3852/. While this standard can be used, it is also noted that it has been updated (replaced) by IETF RFC 5652. This updated standard can be found at http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/rfc5652/. This document describes the Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS). This syntax is used to digitally sign, digest, authenticate, or encrypt arbitrary message content. The CMS describes an encapsulation syntax for data protection. It supports digital signatures and encryption. The syntax allows multiple encapsulations; one encapsulation envelope can be nested inside another. Likewise, one party can digitally sign some previously encapsulated data. It also allows arbitrary attributes, such as signing time, to be signed along with the message content, and it provides for other attributes such as countersignatures to be associated with a signature.
Decision: Approved. This Industry Standard has been approved for general use.
Decision Constraints: No constraints are specified.

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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v14.1
Decision Date: 01/31/2014
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Standards Body: IETF
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Reviewed/Updated Date: Monday, August 04, 2014