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key directory server (PKI) (KDS)

A Key Directory Server (KDS) is a key database in which persons and their authentication data are stored.

The key itself is not stored in the KDS system, only the address of the key used by the user. Authorized persons with access permission receive permission from the Key Directory Server after requesting it and can access a stored document. The user stores his key together with the encrypted document. The encryption key is encrypted with the public key of the KDS server.

If an authorized person wants to access the key, he makes a request to the KDS system, whichverifies his authenticity and gives him the address where the key is stored.

Englisch: key directory server (PKI) - KDS
Updated at: 16.03.2013
#Words: 110
Links: key (K), database (DB), authentication, data, system
Translations: DE

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