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RE: Signing before Encryption and Signing after Encryption
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 11:20:38 -0800

  Signing requires a private key -- therefore, it *must* be
Asymmetric.  Asymmetric is typically much slower than Symmetric,
so you get things like SSL that use Asymmetric to protect the
exchange of the Symmetric key used for actual payload encryption.

  Signing after encryption allows the signature to be verified
before/without decrypting the payload.  There are a variety of
circumstances in which that could be useful, which are blocked
if the signing is done first.  I can't think of any where the
opposite is true.

David Gillett, CISSP


-----Original Message-----
From: shyaam () gmail com [mailto:shyaam () gmail com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:28 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Signing before Encryption and Signing after Encryption

Hello All,
I was asked a question in an interview. I would like to know 
more about this. I am sorry if it is really basic question.

What are the tradeoffs between Signing before Encryption and 
Signing after Encryption? Please do let me know on either 
case when you use a Symmetric Key and an Asymmetric key. 

I am sure that this is a very basic question. I appologize again.

Kind Regards,
Shyaam

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