2nd ETSI REMOTE XAdES INTEROPERABILITY EVENT proves Interoperability between XAdES v1.3.2 implementations (BES, EPES, T, C, X, XL and A-forms)

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France -  30 September 2008

ETSI announces the successful completion of the second XAdES interoperability event (18 September, 2008) supported by the latest version of the ETSI XAdES Remote PlugtestTM Portal. By connecting to the portal, participants were able to remotely perform interoperability tests of their XAdES implementations.

XAdES (XML Advanced Electronic Signatures) defines XML formats for advanced electronic signatures that remain valid over long periods, are compliant with the European Directive and incorporate additional useful information in common uses cases. One important benefit from XAdES is that electronically signed documents can remain valid for long periods, even if underlying cryptographic algorithms are broken.

The main goals of the event were to:

  • Enable participants to evaluate the level of interoperability of their products
  • Improve the quality of XAdES specification, by detecting any interoperability issues
  • Identify additional issues that should be taken into account in future XAdES standardization activities
  • Ease the introduction of XAdES signatures by providing the means to solve interoperability problems before widespread deployment

Interest for this event exceeded expectations. There were 20 registered participants from 10 countries (including Japan).

The event was ETSI's second remote PlugtestTM. Building on the success of the first event, the web portal has been improved to support on-line PKI and Timestamp services beside the information exchange, test execution, test evaluation and report generation mechanisms. During this event, by using the services provided by the portal, the participants were able to:

  • Download and validate pre-generated signatures
  • Generate their own signature using the provided certificates
  • Validate each others' signatures
  • Report the verification results

Thanks to the advanced capabilities of the portal, the verification results were processed and displayed in real time, thus all participants got immediate feedback on the level of interoperability.

The event was organized by ETSI Plugtests™ and the test descriptions underpinning the event were developed by ETSI STF-351. Technical experts from ETSI were responsible for developing the portal, monitoring the event and for collecting feedback on the base specifications for later submission to ETSI TC ESI.

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Notes for Editors

The event was sponsored by the eEurope Initiative of the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/i2010/index_en.htm).

Technical support was provided by the members of STF-351 and ETSI PlugtestsTM (http://www.etsi.org/plugtests/xades/XAdES.htm).

For more information please contact:

Anthony Wiles
Director - Centre for Testing and Interoperability, ETSI
Tel:  +33 (0)4 92 94 43 87 
Email: [email protected]

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