MISPC Reference Implementation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. government (NIST) developed the Minimum Interoperability Specifications for PKI Components (MISPC), Version 1 with the assistance of ten partners: AT&T, BBN, Certicom, Cylink, DynCorp, IRE, Motorola, Nortel (Entrust), Spyrus, and Verisign. The specification includes a certificate and CRL profile, message formats and basic transactions for a PKI issuing signature certificates. Also, it includes support for multiple signature algorithms and transactions to support a broad range of security policies.

Along with the specification, there is a reference implementation that is available only by ordering a CDROM from NIST. The CDROM does not contain support for the cryptographic module. This implementation appears to run only on Windows. The source code is in C++.

More information on the reference implementation can be found at the MISPC Reference Implementation WWW page.