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Java Web services: Axis2 WS-Security encryption

Jun 23, 2009, 12:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis Sosnoski)

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"Throughout most of history, secure message exchange has been based on some form of shared secret. The secret might take the form of a code, in which the parties to the exchange have an agreed-upon set of substitutions for phrases or actions. Or it could be a cipher, in which text is converted into other text using some algorithm. The secret could even take other forms, such as a language unknown to other parties who might have access to the messages. The shared secret made the message exchange secure. If some other party discovered the secret, though, the message exchange would be compromised, with potentially devastating results for the parties to the exchange. (Think Enigma and the German military communications in World War II, for example.)"

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