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On the Security of a Multi-party Certified Email Protocol

  • Jianying Zhou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3269)

Abstract

As a value-added service to deliver important data over the Internet with guaranteed receipt for each successful delivery, certified email has been discussed for years and a number of research papers appeared in the literature. But most of them deal with the two-party scenarios, i.e., there are only one sender and one recipient. In some applications, however, the same certified message may need to be sent to a set of recipients. In ISC’02, Ferrer-Gomila et. al presented a multi-party certified email protocol [5]. It has two major features. A sender could notify multiple recipients of the same information while only those recipients who acknowledged are able to get the information. In addition, its exchange protocol is optimized, which has only three steps. In this paper, we demonstrate some flaws and weaknesses in that protocol, and propose an improved version which is robust against the identified attacks while preserving the features of the original protocol.

Keywords

certified email non-repudiation security protocol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jianying Zhou
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  1. 1.Institute for Infocomm ResearchSingapore

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