Re: Electronic signatures (was: Paperless in Peoria)

Subject: Re: Electronic signatures (was: Paperless in Peoria)
From: doug montalbano <doug_montalbano -at- CC -dot- CHIRON -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 1995 10:37:58 PST

On 1/27/95 9:42 AM, Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM> replies that it is much
easier to forge an electronic signature than a normal one, if you know how.
She goes on to ask:

.... But you're telling me this has all been settled? Amazing,
considering the amount of trouble some ISPs are having with forging
of e-mail.

It depends on what you mean by settled. According to the FAQ from
the USENET newsgroup sci.crypt, the NIST (Natl Bureau of Stds), a
proposed Digital Signature Standard should be capable of "proving
to a third party that data was actually signed by the generator of
the signature." The US GAO is of the opinion that digital sigs
will meet legal standards of handwritten ones. The FAQ points out,
though, that the validity of digitally-signed documents has yet to
be proven or even challenged in a court of law.

My company (a biotech firm) is interested in this issue, so that we
may proceed to validatable electronic batch production records.

(The entire cryptography FAQ may be obtained by FTP from
rtfm.mit.edu from /pub/usenet/news.answers/cryptography-faq/rsa/)

Doug_montalbano -at- cc -dot- chiron -dot- com


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