Security

A Secure Anonymous Identity-based Key Agreement Protocol for Distributed Computer Networks

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Executive Summary

Recently, Hsu and Chuang proposed an efficient user identification scheme with key preserving user anonymity for distributed computer networks. Their protocol addressed an identity disclosure attack on Yang et al. and Mangipudi-Katti schemes. Unfortunately, Hsu and Chuang's new scheme posed vulnerability that the service provider could compute the private key of the user and imitate the user to send the service request to other service provider. In this paper, the authors analyzed Hsu-Chuang scheme and presented the vulnerability. They further secured their protocol by proposing a novel protocol that overcomes the above limitation while achieving the same security features. Besides, they made a demonstration of the correctness of their new scheme and analyzed the security properties.

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