Customizations and constraints to the DASH-IF specification - Secure packager and encoder key Exchange API specification

Customizations and constraints to the DASH-IF specification

The DASH-IF CPIX specification,, supports a number of use cases and topologies. The SPEKE API specification adheres to the CPIX specification with the following customizations and constraints:

  • SPEKE follows the Encryptor Consumer workflow.

  • For encrypted content keys, SPEKE applies the following restrictions:

    • SPEKE doesn't support digital signature verification (XMLDSIG) for request or response payloads.

    • SPEKE requires 2048 RSA-based certificates.

  • For rotating key workflows, SPEKE requires the ContentKeyUsageRule filter, KeyPeriodFilter. SPEKE ignores all other ContentKeyUsageRule settings.

  • SPEKE omits the UpdateHistoryItemList functionality. If the list is present in the response, SPEKE ignores it.

  • SPEKE supports key rotation. SPEKE uses only the ContentKeyPeriod @index to track the key period.

  • To support MSS PlayReady, SPEKE uses a custom parameter under the DRMSystem tag, SPEKE:ProtectionHeader.

  • For HLS packaging, if the URIExtXKey is present in the response, then it must contain the full data to add in the URI parameter of the EXT-X-KEY tag of an HLS playlist, with no further signaling requirement.

  • For HLS playlist, under the DRMSystem tag, SPEKE provides the optional custom parameters speke:KeyFormat and speke:KeyFormatVersions, for the values of the KEYFORMAT and KEYFORMATVERSIONS parameters of the EXT-X-KEY tag.

    The HLS initialization vector (IV) always follows segment number unless explicitly specified by the operator.

  • When requesting keys, the encryptor might use the optional @explicitIV attribute on the ContentKey element. The key provider can respond with an IV using @explicitIV, even if the attribute is not included in the request.

  • The encryptor creates the key identifier (KID), which stays the same for any given content ID and key period. The key provider includes the KID in its response to the request document.

  • The key provider might include a value for the Speke-User-Agent response header, to identify itself for debugging purposes.

  • SPEKE does not currently support multiple tracks or keys per content.

The SPEKE-compliant encryptor acts as a client and sends POST operations to the key provider endpoint. The encryptor might send a periodic heartbeat request to ensure that the connection between the encryptor and the key provider endpoint is healthy.