MS, IBM, Verisign team on Web services security


Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp. and Verisign Inc. have devised a way to add integrity- and confidentiality-checking capabilities to upcoming Web-services applications, a first step in a broader joint effort to secure Web services, the companies said Thursday.

The jointly developed specification, dubbed WS-Security, defines a set of SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) extensions and describes how to exchange secure and signed messages in a Web-services environment, providing a foundation for Web-services security, Microsoft, IBM and Verisign said in a joint statement.

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