Software Smart Cards via Cryptographic Camouflage

@inproceedings{Hoover1999SoftwareSC,
  title={Software Smart Cards via Cryptographic Camouflage},
  author={Douglas N. Hoover and B. N. Kausik},
  booktitle={IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy},
  year={1999}
}
A sensitive point in public key cryptography is how to protect the private key. We outline a method of protecting private keys using cryptographic camouflage. Specifically, we do not encrypt the private key with a password that is too long for exhaustive attack. Instead, we encrypt it so that only one password will decrypt it correctly, but many passwords will decrypt it to produce a key that looks valid enough to fool an attacker. For certain applications, this method protects a private key… CONTINUE READING
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