"Kuehn, Ulrich" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

>       10.2.3 Data decoding
>       The data D shall be BER-decoded to give an ASN.1 value of
>       type DigestInfo, which shall be separated into a message
>       digest MD and a message-digest algorithm identifier. The
>       message-digest algorithm identifier shall determine the
>       "selected" message-digest algorithm for the next step.
>Here, any trailing garbage would be included in data D. But does an ASN.1
>value allow such a thing? I am asking this independently of our discussion

I don't think it's a problem, you just take the ASN.1 DigestInfo value, since
the trailing garbage isn't part of the DigestInfo, you ignore it.
Specifically, the ASN.1 object is entirely self-contained, so you can tell
exactly where it ends and what it contains.  Anything outside it is beyond the
scope of this specification :-).

(When the spec was written, I think the thought that someone would append
trailing garbage never cropped up, so it's never explicitly addressed).

>Anyway, I think we agree on the point that the spec (even version 2.1) is in
>some point unprecise which should be considered a bug, as it can lead to
>implementation flaws. And yes, given what we know, e=3 is a good candidate
>for elimination :)

Yup :-).


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