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A digital signature contains a message digest to:

show if the message has been altered after transmission.

define the encryption algorithm.

confirm the identity of the originator.

enable message transmission in a digital format.

The message digest is calculated and included in a digital signature to prove that the message has
not been altered. It should be the same value as a recalculation performed upon receipt. It does
not define the algorithm or enable the transmission indigital format and has no effect on the identity
of the user; it is there to ensure integrity rather than identity.

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