CONIKS: Bringing Key Transparency to End Users

@inproceedings{Melara2015CONIKSBK,
  title={CONIKS: Bringing Key Transparency to End Users},
  author={Marcela S. Melara and Aaron Blankstein and Joseph Bonneau and Edward W. Felten and Michael J. Freedman},
  booktitle={USENIX Security Symposium},
  year={2015}
}
Public keys must be distributed securely even in the presence of attackers. This is known as the Public Key Infrastructure problem or PKI. This problem arises in applications such as secure messaging and web surfing/https where a man in the middle can intercept public keys and return erroneous public keys. Secure communication today depends on placing trust in a few centralized certificate authorities via SSL/TLS protocols depicted below for completeness. However, an attacker can take advantage… CONTINUE READING
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