Documents related to EDI over MIME Email
-- This file. V1.0 27sep96
-- Requirements for Inter-operable Internet EDI
Lays out the problem space for EDI via Mail.
-- mime encapsulation of edi objects
Broad-stroke definition of the EDI MIME Objects
-- Security Multiparts
MIME oriented details of secure MIME
-- S/MIME Message Specficiation
Cryptographic details of secure mime documents
from a "PKCS" point of view
the S-MIME Home Page
which provides an overview of security issues and compares
S/MIME with PGP and PEM.
-- MIME Security with PGP
Details on how to use PGP with MIME messages.
- Message Disposition Notifcations
Explains how senders can be notified of message delivery.
and provides for "non-repudiation" of messages.
-- A directory of "standards" proposed by RSA
for encryption, certificates and public/private key.
Defines logical content and exact DER/ASN.1 encoded
pkcs/pkcs.n -- Outlines contents of the files.
pkcs/layman.asc -- Readable intro to ASN.1 BER and DER
pkcs/pkcs-7.txt -- Message Format
pkcs/pkcs-10.txt -- Syntax for certificate requests
-- PEM Message Encryption and Authentication Procedures
-- Certificate-Based Key Management
-- Algorithms, Modes, and Identifiers
-- Key Certification and Related Services
These define PEM, privacy enhanced mail.
It seems that PEM is being replaced by/ refined into
S/MIME and the PKCS standards.
Of these, rfc1422 defining Certificates seems to be used
-- MIME Part One: Mechanisms for Specifying and Describing the
Format of Internet Message Bodies",
-- MIME Part Two: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text"
-- "The text/enriched MIME Content-type",
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A brief comparison of email encryption protocols
This document briefly reviews and compares five major email encryption
protocols under consideration: MOSS, MSP, PGP, PGP/MIME, and S/MIME.
An independent overview and criticism of these protocols. Perhaps a more
objective counterpart to the RSA's.
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