CONIKS: A Privacy-Preserving Consistent Key Service for Secure End-to-End Communication

Provided by: Princeton University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
"Recent revelations about government surveillance have significantly increased the demand for end-to-end secure communications. However, key management remains a major barrier to adoption. Current systems are often either vulnerable to a malicious or coerced key directory or they make unrealistic assumptions about user behavior, for example, that users will verify key fingerprints out of band. The authors present CONIKS, a system that provides automated key management for end users capable of seamless integration into existing secure messaging applications."

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