Wednesday, January 14, 2015

XML Advanced Electronic Signature (XAdES) support in Apache Camel

I have previously covered some XML Signature and Encryption testcases in Apache Camel. Camel 2.15 will feature some new limited support for XML Advanced Electronic Signatures (XAdES) in the XML Security component. This post will briefly cover what XML Advanced Electronic Signatures are, and show how they can be produced in Camel. No support exists yet for validating XAdES Signatures in Camel. Note that as Camel 2.15 is not yet released, some of the details are subject to change.

XML Signature has a number of shortcomings in terms of conveying meta-data describing the signing process to the recipient. It does not include the signing certificate/key in the signature itself. It does not tell the recipient when or where the signature was created, which role the signer had at the time of signing, what format the signed data is in, what the signature policy was, etc. XAdES attempts to solve these problems by introducing standard properties that are inserted into the "Object" part of an XML Signature. Some of these properties are then included in the message signature.

Camel 2.15 will support XAdES in the XML Security component by a new "properties" configuration option, which must reference a XAdESSignatureProperties implementation. I added a new test to the camel-xmlsecurity project in github that illustrates how to do this. The spring configuration for the test is here. The xmlsecurity route links to a DefaultXAdESSignatureProperties implementation, which is configured with the signing key (and alias), an "Implied" Signature policy, and a role of "employee". The resulting ds:Object in the XML Signature looks like:

  <etsi:QualifyingProperties xmlns:etsi="..." Target="#...">
    <etsi:SignedProperties Id="_1c03790b-8e46-4837-85bc-d6562e4c713c"> 
              <ds:DigestMethod Algorithm="...#sha256"/>

No comments:

Post a Comment