Improving the Binding of Electronic Signatures to the Signer by Biometric Authentication

  • Olaf Henniger
  • Björn Schneider
  • Bruno Struif
  • Ulrich Waldmann
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3832)


Due to the fact that the biometric characteristics of a person are bound to that person, biometric methods deployed for signer authentication have the potential of improving the binding of electronic signatures to persons. If there is evi dence that a biometric method was used for signer authentication, and if the level of security of this method is suffi ciently high, then the receiver of a signed docu ment can trust that the signature creation was indeed initiated by the legitimate holder of the private signature key. To achieve this goal, an approach to provide evidence of the use of biometric signer authentication has been developed. The approach has been implemented in a prototype electronic signature creation system with fingerprint verification.


Smart Card Electronic Signature Supplementary Signature Security Environment Signature Block 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olaf Henniger
    • 1
  • Björn Schneider
    • 1
  • Bruno Struif
    • 1
  • Ulrich Waldmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information TechnologyDarmstadtGermany

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