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Analysing Security Protocols Using Scenario Based Simulation

  • Farah Al-ShareefiEmail author
  • Alexei Lisitsa
  • Clare Dixon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11847)

Abstract

In this paper, we present a methodology for analysing security protocols using scenario based simulation. A scenario of a potential attack specifies the flow but not the content of messages. Using scenarios can reduce the number of protocol runs to be explored during attack searching via simulation. The number of runs can be further reduced by minimizing the number of intruder’s generated messages. The intruder’s ability to generate messages is limited by considering: the expected message content and type matching. Our approach uses two tools that support the Abstract State Machines method: the AsmetaL for modelling purposes and the AsmetaS for performing the simulation. We propose a simple model for the specification of commutative encryption. Several protocols are examined to show the effectiveness of our method.

Keywords

Security protocols Abstract State Machines Protocol simulation Attack scenarios 

Notes

Acknowledgments

A. Lisitsa and C. Dixon were partially supported by the EPSRC funded RAI Hub FAIR-SPACE (EP/R026092/1). F. Al-Shareefi was supported by the Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (HCED).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Farah Al-Shareefi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexei Lisitsa
    • 1
  • Clare Dixon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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