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Traditional security systems are not easily scalable and can become single points of failure or performance bottlenecks when used on a large-scale distributed system such as the Internet. This problem occurs also when using a public key infrastructure (PKI) with a hierarchical thrust model. SDSI/SPKI is a PKI that adopts a more scalable trust paradigm, which is focused on the client and based on authorization chains. However, the task of locating the chain that links a client to a server is not completely addressed by SDSI/SPKI. Aiming to overcome this limitation, the paper proposes extensions to the SDSI/SPKI authorization and authentication model. The proposed approach introduces the concept of Federation Webs, which allows the client to build new authorization chains linking it to a server when a direct path does not exist. A prototype implementation of this proposal has shown promising results.
Date of Conference: 6-18 Oct. 2003