applied cryptography - protocols, algorithms, and source code in c

This protocol works but has some obvious problems

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Unformatted text preview: t 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) Go! Keyword Brief Full Advanced Search Search Tips (Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Author(s): Bruce Schneier ISBN: 0471128457 Publication Date: 01/01/96 Search this book: Go! Previous Table of Contents Next ----------- Chapter 4 Intermediate Protocols 4.1 Timestamping Services In many situations, people need to certify that a document existed on a certain date. Think about a copyright or patent dispute: The party that produces the earliest copy of the disputed work wins the case. With paper documents, notaries can sign and lawyers can safeguard copies. If a dispute arises, the notary or the lawyer testifies that the letter existed on a certain date. In the digital world, it’s far more complicated. There is no way to examine a digital document for signs of tampering. It can be copied and modified endlessly without anyone being the wiser. It’s trivial to change the date stamp on a computer file. No one can look at a digital document and say: “Yes, this document was created before November 4, 1952.” Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta at Bellcore thought about the problem [682, 683, 92]. They wanted a digital timestamping protocol with the following properties: — The data itself must be timestamped, without any regard to the physical medium on which it resides. — It must be impossible to change a single bit of the document without that change being apparent. — It must be impossible to timestamp a document with a date and time different from the present one. Arbitrated Solution This protocol uses Trent, who has a trusted timestamping service, and Alice, who wishes to...
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