Secure content access and replication in pure P2P networks

Palomar, Esther and Estevez Tapiador, Juan and Hernandez-Castro, Julio C. and Ribagorda, Arturo (2008) Secure content access and replication in pure P2P networks. Computer Communications, 31 (2). pp. 266-279. ISSN 0140-3664. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Despite the advantages offered by pure Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks (e.g. robustness and fault tolerance), a crucial requirement is to guarantee basic security properties, such as content authenticity and integrity, as well as to enforce appropriate access control policies. These mechanisms would pave the way for new models in which content providers can exert some control over the replication and file sharing process. However, the extremely decentralized nature of these environments makes impossible to apply classic solutions that rely on some kind of fixed infrastructure, typically in the form of on-line trusted third parties (TTP). In this paper, we introduce a suite of protocols for content authentication and access control in pure P2P networks based on attribute certificates that does not rely on the existence of a public key infrastructure (PKI), privilege management infrastructure (PMI), or any other form of centralized authority. We provide an analysis concerning the efficiency (computational effort and communication overhead) and the security of our proposal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Access control; Content authentication; Peer-to-Peer security; Public-key certificates
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Security Group
Depositing User: Julio Hernandez-Castro
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 13:26
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 16:24
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31955 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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