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2012 Seventh International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (2006)
Vienna, Austria
Apr. 20, 2006 to Apr. 22, 2006
ISBN: 0-7695-2567-9
pp: 723-731
Stefan Biffl , Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Thomas Neubauer , Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Edgar Weippl , Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Most e-government applications have to find a solution for simple, reliable, secure and authentic signing of official documents. Citizens need a simple way to verify the authenticity and integrity of an official document. Currently XML documents allow representing such documents. However, the XML format does not guarantee a definite visual presentation of the document (presentation problem). In this paper we describe a solution approach - so-called Authentic PDF - using PDF technology that fulfills the following key requirements: 1) A visual presentation that resembles the traditional style of an official document; 2) A visual representation of the signature value that does not change the document authenticity; 3) The option for the holder of an official document to restore the electronic version of the authentic official document from the visual representation of the document (e.g. printout); 4) The filtering of dynamic content. We implemented and evaluated different approaches in a feasibility study using a typical e-government document set. Results of the study are: PDF is suitable to meet specific legal requirements on a signature solution in combination with a smartcard; the method has proven to be reliable and support a sufficient level of security.
Stefan Biffl, Thomas Neubauer, Edgar Weippl, "Digital Signatures with Familiar Appearance for e-Government Documents: Authentic PDF", 2012 Seventh International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, vol. 00, no. , pp. 723-731, 2006, doi:10.1109/ARES.2006.54
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