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5 Author(s)
Freudenthal, E. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., New York Univ., NY, USA ; Port, L. ; Pesin, T. ; Keenan, E.
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Prolonged secure communication requires trust relationships that extend throughout a connection's life cycle. Current tools to establish secure connections such as SSL/TLS and SSH authenticate PKI identities, validate credentials and authorize a trust relationship at the time a connection is established, but do not monitor the trust relationship thereafter To maintain security over the duration of a prolonged connection, we extend the semantics of SSL to support continuous monitoring of a credential's liveness and the trust relationships that authorize it. Our implementation isolates trust management into a pluggable trust authorization module. We also present an initial design for a host-level secure communication resource that provides secure channels for multiple connections.

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Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, 2002. Proceedings. 22nd International Conference on

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2002