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Towards a formal system-to-system authentication protocol

Authors
Journal
Computer Communications
0140-3664
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-3664(96)01139-5
Keywords
  • Authentication
  • Zero-Knowledge Protocols
  • Probabilistic Protocols
  • Passwords
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract The problem of system-to-system authentication with the use of a password can be effectively facilitated through the use of either a probabilistic protocol or a zero-knowledge model. A combination of these two into a zero-knowledge probabilistic protocol has been demonstrated to be an efficient alternative approach to this problem. In the present paper, this combined protocol is restructured into a formal system-to-system login and authentication scheme, which is demonstrated to be not only secure but also generic and parametric enough to be usable in environments with different technological platforms and/or operational structures.

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