Security through publicity

Eric Osterweil, Dan Massey, Batsukh Tsendjav, Beichuan Zhang, Lixia Zhang

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Current large-scale authentication and non-repudiation systems offer various security measures, but do not meet the needs of today's Internet-scale applications. Though several designs exist, there have been no significant deployments of Internet-scale security infrastructures. In this paper we propose a novel concept called the public-space that makes complete information of digital entities' actions publicly available to every user. It is a structured framework that maintains a large number of entities, their actions, relationships, and histories. Posting such information in public does not endorse the information's correctness, but it does provide users with a quantifiable set of information that enables them to detect faults and make informed security decisions. Combined with traditional cryptographic techniques, the public-space system can support the intrinsic heterogeneity of user security requirements in Internetscale infrastructures and applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2006
Event1st USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security, HotSec 2006 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Jul 31 2006 → …


Conference1st USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security, HotSec 2006
Period7/31/06 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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