A Method for Deriving Paths Across a Distributed Web of Trust

P. Tipper and C. Edwards (UK)


Communication Security, Authentication


This paper gives an overview of ongoing research into building a distributed web of trust usable for deriving paths of trust between keys and performing secure key exchange. It gives example algorithms for creating, maintaining and searching such a web, set against the background of cur rent research. The paper also examines attacks against the proposed system as well as methods by which it prevents or reduces the threat of them. The paper concludes by giving an overview of the direction of future research.

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