Digital Signature Algorithm

by Mohan 2012-09-21 09:19:55

Digital Signature Algorithm


The Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) is a United States Federal Government standard or FIPS for digital signatures. It was proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in August 1991 for use in their Digital Signature Standard (DSS), specified in FIPS 186,[1] adopted in 1993. A minor revision was issued in 1996 as FIPS 186-1.[2] The standard was expanded further in 2000 as FIPS 186-2 and again in 2009 as FIPS 186-3.[3]

DSA is covered by U.S. Patent 5,231,668, filed July 26, 1991, and attributed to David W. Kravitz,[4] a former NSA employee. This patent was given to "The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Commerce, Washington, D.C." and the NIST has made this patent available worldwide royalty-free.[5] Dr. Claus P. Schnorr claims that his U.S. Patent 4,995,082 (expired) covered DSA; this claim is disputed.[6] DSA is a variant of the ElGamal Signature Scheme.
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