Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

User-defined key pair protocol
by Hassan, Omar, M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology, 2013, 41; 1550513
Abstract (Summary)

E-commerce applications have flourished on the Internet because of their ability to perform secure transactions in which the identities of the two parties could be verified and the communications between them encrypted. The Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol is implemented to make secure transactions possible by creating a secure tunnel between the user's browser and the server with the help of Certificate Authorities (CAs). CAs are a third party that can be trusted by both the user's browser and the server and are responsible for establishing secured communication between them. The major limitation of this model is the use of CAs as single points of trust that can introduce severe security breaches globally. In my thesis, I provide a high-level design for a new protocol in the application layer of the TCP/IP suite that will build a secure tunnel between the user's browser and the server without the involvement of any third party. My proposed protocol is called User-Defined Key Pair (UDKP), and its objective is to build a secure tunnel between the user's browser and the server using a public/private key pair generated for the user on the fly inside the user's browser based on the user credential information. This key pair will be used by the protocol instead of the server certificate as the starting point for creating the secure tunnel.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Border, Charles
Commitee: Lidestri, Matt, Pan, Yin
School: Rochester Institute of Technology
Department: Networking and Systems Administration
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Computer science
Keywords: Digital certificate authority, Public key infrastructure (pki), Secure socket layer (ssl), Security protocol, Transport security protocol (tls), Two factor authentication
Publication Number: 1550513
ISBN: 9781303659355