Analysis of the SSH Key Exchange Protocol

The authors provide an analysis of the widely deployed SSH protocol's key exchange mechanism. They exploit the design of the SSH key exchange to perform the analysis in a modular manner. First, a shared secret key is obtained via a Diffie-Hellman key exchange. Next, a transform is applied to obtain the application keys used by later stages of SSH. They define models, following well-established paradigms that clarify the security provided by each type of key. Previously, there has been no formal analysis of the SSH key exchange protocol. They provide a modular proof of security for the SSH shared secret and application keys.

Provided by: University of Bristol Topic: Security Date Added: May 2011 Format: PDF

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