OpenHouse: A Secure Platform for Distributed Home Services

Jani Suomalainen, Seamus Moloney, Juha Koivisto, Kari Keinänen

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    A large amount of versatile services are emerging as home networks and devices are opened for different manufacturers and service developers.
    With this complexity comes a need to make these services more personalized and secure. However, at the same time, the home network should be easy to manage for non-expert users. In this paper, we propose OpenHouse, a TLS based distributed security architecture for use in home networks.
    We have adopted a fine-grained role and domain based authorization model and studied how the configuration burden for end users can be minimized by classifying services in a security relevant manner and providing homes with default security policies. We evaluated the feasibility of the proposal by implementing a secured UPnP based platform on Nokia N800 Internet tablet and Gumstix low-end Linux devices.
    We report the implications the approach has for developers and for end user experience as well as the challenges it still faces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings
    Subtitle of host publication6th Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, PST 2008
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3390-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSixth Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, PST 2008 - Fredericton, NB, Canada
    Duration: 1 Oct 20083 Oct 2008


    ConferenceSixth Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, PST 2008
    Abbreviated titlePST 2008
    CityFredericton, NB


    • security architecture
    • home networks
    • role-based access control
    • ease of use
    • TLS
    • UPnP


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