Overview #

The PKCS #7 standard describes general syntax for data that may have cryptography applied to it, such as digital Signatures and digital envelopes.

PKCS #7 is compatible with Privacy-Enhanced Mail (PEM) in that signed-data and signed-and-enveloped-data content, constructed in a Privacy-Enhanced Mail-compatible mode, can be converted into Privacy-Enhanced Mail messages without any cryptographic operations. Privacy-Enhanced Mail messages can similarly be converted into the signed-data and signed-and-enveloped data content types.

PKCS #7 is defined within RFC 2315.

The PKCS#7 format enables the transfer of a certificate and all the certificates in its certification path from one computer to another, or from a computer to removable media.

PKCS7 Certificate Format Characteristics:

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