A pattern language for key management

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    Many services in a distributed public network like the Internet require secure communications. Security in communications consists of integrity, authenticity, confidentiality and non repudiability. These aims can be achieved with cryptography. Key management plays a fundamental role in secure communications, as it is the basis of all cryptographic functions. This paper describes a pattern language for key management. Eleven patterns are described: Alice & Friends, There is somebody eavesdropping, The Real Thing, Signed Envelope, Face to Face, Address Book, Sealed Envelope, Sealed and Signed Envelope, Seal Ring Engraver, Key in the Pocket and The Forged Seal Ring. These patterns are designed to answer basic key management requirements in respect of secure communications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAccepted Papers to the PLoP2001
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event8th Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, PLoP 2001 - Monticello, United States
    Duration: 11 Sept 200115 Sept 2001


    Conference8th Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs, PLoP 2001
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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