Unformatted text preview: and figure out Bob’s keys herself. Bob, who cannot do the same in a reasonable amount of time, will not be happy. Second, it’s a problem if one of the parties stops the protocol early. If Alice abruptly stops the protocol, both face similar computational efforts, but Bob does not have any real legal recourse. If, for example, the contract specifies that she do something in a week, and Alice terminates the protocol at a point when Bob would have to spend a year’s worth of computing power before she is really committed, that’s a problem. The real difficulty here is the lack of a near-term deadline by which the process cleanly terminates with either both or neither party bound. These problems also apply to the protocols in Sections 5.8 and 5.9. Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. To access the contents, click the chapter and section titles. Applied Cryptography, Second Edition: Protocols, Algorthms, and Source Code in C (cloth)
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----------- 5.8 Digital Certified Mail
The same simultaneous oblivious transfer protocol used for contract signing works, with some modifications, for computer certified mail . Suppose Alice wants to send a message to Bob, but she does not want him to read it without signing a receipt. Surly postal workers handle this process in real life, but the same thing can be done with cryptography. Whitfield Diffie first discussed this problem in . At first glance, the simultaneous contract-signing protocol can do this. Alice simply encrypts her message...
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