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Category Archives: Digital Signature

Phoney and the forensics value of Iphone chat

Phoneys is a software that allows a user to change the content of an Iphone chat thus altering the meaning of the conversation.While this is just an entertainment software, it might have some disturbing impacts on a possible criminal investigation. Indeed, SMS, chat transcripts and messages are routinely used as a source of evidence by […]

How Do Digital Signature and Time Stamping Work

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Italian Digital Signature Software Exposed to Man-in-the-middle Attack?

An independent researcher compiled a list of known Apple OSX-related vulnerabilities, including one that affects the Sparkle Updater Framework. I’ve just checked my Mac with this command find /Applications -name Sparkle.framework and found that DikeX, the old version of the digital-signature tool released by Infocert S.p.a., uses Sparkle. I don’t know if the software is […]

Does SHA-7 belong to the US NSA?

As everybody knows, the SHA-n is a series of cryptographic algorithm developed by the NSA and published by the US NIST. The current SHA-n lineup includes SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512. On the contrary, SHA-7 (see this link – italian only, sorry), a “proprietary, patented encryption algorythm” developed by an Italian company doesn’t belong […]

Infocert, electronic signature and technology discrimination

Here we are again. Infocert – one of the biggest electronic signature provider in Italy – confirmed its technology lock-in attitude, by pushing users toward Microsoft Windows. Infocert released ¬†its USB based all-in-one solution named Businesskey¬†and advertises its dongle as an “hassle-free” tool, with no installation required. This is not entirely true, because the system […]

Digital Signature. A chance for change?

After ten years Italy might let digital signature legal framework moves toward a coherent system. Current legislation – Legislative Decree 82/2005 – is still affected by unclear definitions, EU directive translation errors and technical misunderstanding. If passed in Parliament, draft law AC1441-bis will assign Government the power to amend these mistakes, a non-impossible mission if […]