The XKMS XML Key Management system has two goals:
The key management system consists of two parts:
XKMS is an ongoing specification effort for which a working group was formed by the W3C in December 2001 [XKMS WG]. This chapter is based on the W3C Note by Verisign, Microsoft, and webMethods [XKMS]. Many details of the final recommendations of the new working group will undoubtedly differ from that Note, but the basic capabilities will likely include those described here. In a few cases, inconsistencies and undefined areas in the Note have already been resolved [XKMS 2]. You should interpret assertions made about XKMS in this chapter in light of this fact.
XKMS uses SOAP (see Chapter 8) for communications. An implementation could, however, use other transport wrappings and similar services or, in principle, even use encodings other than XML.