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RE: Authenticated Attributes DER vs BER

1998-04-17 09:30:24

IMHO, the S/MIME specs should not be written with the assumption that
implementations are not going to properly implement the specs.  If an
implementation is signing BER-encoded authenticatedAttributes, then it is
broken and it must be fixed.  The other implementations should not have to
take special actions to compensate for broken implementations.  

Therefore, I agree with Dave Kemp that IF we agree that the entire SET OF
authenticatedAttributes must be tranmitted in a DER-encoded form, THEN the
specs should say nothing about the recipient re-encoding/re-ordering the SET
OF authenticatedAttributes.

John Pawling, jsp(_at_)jgvandyke(_dot_)com                             
J.G. Van Dyke & Associates, Inc.