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dc.contributor.authorChang, Simon Yi-Fan
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-12T20:22:52Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/21132
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.C.S.) PLEASE NOTE: Boston University Libraries did not receive an Authorization To Manage form for this thesis or dissertation. It is therefore not openly accessible, though it may be available by request. If you are the author or principal advisor of this work and would like to request open access for it, please contact us at open-help@bu.edu. Thank you.
dc.description.abstractThis paper proposes a novel distributed authentication system that uses robust alternatives in cryptographic algorithms to grant a third-party access to personal data without compromising a user's credentials. The paper examines briefly the concept of distributed authentication systems, and discusses how elliptic curve cryptography and Lamport's hash chain can operate in a zero-knowledge proof to establish and manage trust. The paper also discusses how this design avoids some of the most common flaws in distributed authentication systems. Finally, based on results from tests conducted with included source codes, the paper argues that increasing number of rounds of zero-knowledge proof yields substantially faster performance than increasing the modulus for elliptic curve calculations while maintaining comparable levels of security.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherBoston University
dc.subjectComputer science
dc.subjectCryptography
dc.subjectZero-knowledge proof
dc.subjectCybersecurity
dc.subjectDistributed Authentication Systems
dc.titleElliptic curve cryptography, zero-knowledge proof, and Lamport's hash chain in a distributed authentication system
dc.typeThesis/Dissertation
dc.description.embargo2031-01-01
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science in Computer Science
etd.degree.levelmasters
etd.degree.disciplineComputer Science
etd.degree.grantorBoston University


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