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FIPS 186: Digital Signature Standard

Date added 26 November 2008
Last edited 10 November 2009

Full Title

FIPS 186: Digital Signature Standard (DSS)


FIPS 186: Digital Signature Standard deals with cryptography for computer security. It specifies algorithms for generating and verifying digital signatures. These are used to authenticate the integrity of data: that the purported creator did in fact originate it, and that it hasn’t been tampered with or altered.

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Lifecycle Actions

Access, Use and Reuse

Standard Framework

Electronic Records Management Standards

Standard Type

Security Standards

Current Version

Further Information

Wikipedia entry for Digital Signature Algorithm [external]
FIPS 186 Digital Signature Standard

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Previous Versions

Referenced Standards

ANSI X9.31:1998, Digital Signatures Using Reversible Public Key Cryptography for the Financial Services Industry (rDSA)
ANSI X9.62:2005, Public Key Cryptography for the Financial Services Industry, The Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA)
FIPS 140-1, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules
FIPS 171, Key Management Using ANSI X9.17
FIPS 180-1, Secure Hash Standard
FIPS 46-3, Data Encryption Standard.
FIPS 73, Guidelines for Security of Computer Applications