Definitions Edit

An attribute certificate is

[a] digital certificate that binds a set of descriptive data items, other than a public key, either directly to a subject name or to the identifier of another certificate that is a public-key certificate.[1]
[a] message, similar to a digital certificate, which is intended to convey information about the subject. The attribute certificate is linked to a specific public key certificate. Thus, the attribute certificate conveys a set of attributes along with a public key certificate identifier or entity name.[2]
[a] data structure, digitally signed by an Attribute Authority, that binds some attribute values with identification information about its holder.[3]

References Edit

  1. Internet Security Glossary, at 14.
  2. Government Smart Card Handbook, App. A, at A-1.
  3. ITU, "Compendium of Approved ITU-T Security Definitions," at 4 (Feb. 2003 ed.) (full-text).

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