The Common PKI specification takes into account all business relevant electronic signatures up to the qualified electronic signature with which the formal requirements of the private and administrative law can be upheld. In addition, the specification also contains safety functionalities for secure e-mail with different levels of security and the compatibility to the standards accepted internationally. Through this fast availability of interoperable safety products is made possible both at the level of the certification service providers and on the user level (client side).
Common PKI specification 1.1 (The newest version is V2.0 from 20 th January 2009)
The version 1.1 of the Common PKI Specification comprises the following (pdf) documents:
Part 1: Certificate and CRL Profiles
Part 2: PKI Management
Part 3: Message Formats
Part 4: Operational Protocols
Part 5: Certificate Path Validation
Part 6: Cryptographic Algorithms
Part 7: Cryptographic Token Interface
Part 8: XML Signature and Encryption Message Formats
Profile: SigG-conforming Systems and Applications
Profile: Optional Enhancements to the SigG-Profile
In addition to the specifications a test bed has been developed in 2002 that contains all the interfaces specified in the Common PKI specification, and against which the manufacturers may test their products and have them certified by an independent body.