XML Encryption Current Status

This page summarizes the relationships among specifications, whether they are finished standards or drafts. Below, each title links to the most recent version of a document.

Completed Work

W3C Recommendations have been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and are endorsed by the Director as Web Standards. Learn more about the W3C Recommendation Track.

Group Notes are not standards and do not have the same level of W3C endorsement.



XML Encryption Syntax and Processing Version 1.1

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Decryption Transform for XML Signature

This document specifies an XML Signature "decryption transform" that enables XML Signature applications to distinguish between those XML Encryption structures that were encrypted before signing (and must not be decrypted) and those that were encrypted after signing (and must be decrypted) for the signature to validate.

Group Notes


XML Encryption 1.1 CipherReference Processing using 2.0 Transforms

This document specifies how the XML Signature 2.0 transform model may be used with XML Encryption 1.1 for CipherReference processing.


Functional Explanation of Changes in XML Encryption 1.1


XML Encryption 1.1 Interop Test Report


XML Encryption Requirements

This document lists the design principles, scope, and requirements for XML Encryption. It includes requirements as they relate to the encryption syntax, data model, format, cryptographic processing, and external requirements and coordination.


Below are draft documents: other Working Drafts . Some of these may become Web Standards through the W3C Recommendation Track process. Others may be published as Group Notes or become obsolete specifications.

Other Working Drafts


Test cases for XML Encryption 1.1

This document outlines test cases for new algorithms and functionality in XML Encryption 1.1, including tests for key wrapping and key agreement functionality.