Digital signatures according to the Matrix specification.
Digital signatures are used by Matrix homeservers to verify the authenticity of events in the Matrix system, as well as requests between homeservers for federation. Each homeserver has one or more signing key pairs (sometimes referred to as “verify keys”) which it uses to sign all events and federation requests. Matrix clients and other Matrix homeservers can ask the homeserver for its public keys and use those keys to verify the signed data.
Each signing key pair has an identifier, which consists of the name of the digital signature algorithm it uses and a “version” string, separated by a colon. The version is an arbitrary identifier used to distinguish key pairs using the same algorithm from the same homeserver.
Arbitrary JSON objects can be signed as well as JSON representations of Matrix events. In both
cases, the signatures are stored within the JSON object itself under a
signatures key. Events
are also required to contain hashes of their content, which are similarly stored within the
hashed JSON object under a
In JSON representations, both signatures and hashes appear as base64-encoded strings, using the standard character set, without padding.
To sign an arbitrary JSON object, use the
sign_json function. See the documentation of this
function for more details and a full example of use.
Signing an event uses a more complicated process than signing arbitrary JSON, because events can
be redacted, and signatures need to remain valid even if data is removed from an event later.
Homeservers are required to generate hashes of event contents as well as signing events before
exchanging them with other homeservers. Although the algorithm for hashing and signing an event
is more complicated than for signing arbitrary JSON, the interface to a user of ruma-signatures
is the same. To hash and sign an event, use the
hash_and_sign_event function. See the
documentation of this function for more details and a full example of use.
When a homeserver receives data from another homeserver via the federation, it’s necessary to verify the authenticity and integrity of the data by verifying their signatures.
To verify a signature on arbitrary JSON, use the
verify_json function. To verify the
signatures and hashes on an event, use the
verify_event function. See the documentation for
these respective functions for more details and full examples of use.
ruma-signature’s error type, wraps a number of other error types.