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1 Chapter 14 – Authentication Applications Fourth Edition by William Stallings Lecture slides by Lawrie Brown (modified by Prof. M. Singhal, U of Kentucky)

2 Authentication Applications developed to support application-level authentication & digital signatures will discuss Kerberos – a private-key authentication service discuss X a public-key directory authentication service

3 Kerberos Authentication service developed as a part of MITs Athena project provides centralized private-key third-party authentication in a distributed network –allows users access to services distributed through network –without needing to trust all workstations –rather all trust a central authentication server two versions in use: 4 & 5

4 Athena An open distributed environment Any user can access services from any workstation Several security threats exists in such an environment: –A user impersonate another user –A user may change the network address of a w/s and may make it look as another w/s –A user may eavesdrop on a session and mount a replay attak later

5 Kerberos Requirements its first report identified requirements as: –secure –reliable –transparent –scalable implemented using an authentication protocol based on Needham-Schroeder

6 Kerberos v4 Overview a basic third-party authentication scheme have an Authentication Server (AS) –users initially negotiate with AS to identify self –AS provides a non-corruptible authentication credential (ticket granting ticket TGT) have a Ticket Granting server (TGS) –users subsequently request access to other services from TGS on basis of users TGT

7 Kerberos v4 Dialogue 1.obtain ticket granting ticket from AS once per session 2.obtain service granting ticket from TGT for each distinct service required 3.client/server exchange to obtain service on every service request

8 Kerberos 4 Overview

9 Kerberos Realms a Kerberos environment consists of: –a Kerberos server –a number of clients, all registered with server –application servers, sharing keys with server this is termed a realm –typically a single administrative domain if have multiple realms, Kerberos servers must share keys and trust each other

10 Kerberos Realms

11 Kerberos Version 5 developed in mid 1990s to address the deficiencies of v4 provides improvements over v4 encryption algorithm: DES is weak and vulnerable to attacks. V5 allows a suit of encryption algorithms. V5 breaks away from IP only networks V4 uses 8bit ticket lifetime.V5 uses start time and end time.

12 X.509 Authentication Service part of CCITT X.500 directory service standards –distributed servers maintaining user info database defines framework for authentication services –directory may store public-key certificates –with public key of user signed by certification authority also defines authentication protocols uses public-key crypto & digital signatures –algorithms not standardised, but RSA recommended X.509 certificates are widely used

13 X.509 Certificates issued by a Certification Authority (CA), containing: –version (1, 2, or 3) –serial number (unique within CA) identifying certificate –signature algorithm identifier –issuer X.500 name (CA) –period of validity (from - to dates) –subject X.500 name (name of owner) –subject public-key info (algorithm, parameters, key) –issuer unique identifier (v2+) –subject unique identifier (v2+) –extension fields (v3) –signature (of hash of all fields in certificate) notation CA > denotes certificate for A signed by CA

14 X.509 Certificates

15 Obtaining a Certificate any user with access to CA can get any certificate from it only the CA can modify a certificate because cannot be forged, certificates can be placed in a public directory If there are a large number of users, one CA may not be able to handle the load Also it is difficult to propagate the public key of the CA securely.

16 Certificate Chaining if both users share a common CA then they are assumed to know its public key What if both users have their certificates issued by two different CAs? (and one does not know the public key of the other CA) Suppose As certificate is issued by X1 and Bs by X2 And A does not know the public key of X2. (A can not verify the public key of B).

17 Certificate chaining Suppose X1 and X2 have securely exchanged their public keys. X1 can prepare a certificate for X2 and sends it to A. A can request this certificate from X1, obtain the public key of X2, and then verify Bs certificate. Notationally, X1 >X2 > --Chain of two certficates. --need not be limited to two certificates.

18 CA Hierarchy CAs can certify each other. CAs are linked by this relation. CAs can be organized in several structures X.509 suggests CA's must form a hierarchy use certificates linking members of hierarchy to validate other CA's –each CA has certificates for clients (forward) and parent (backward) each client trusts parents certificates enable verification of any certificate from one CA by users of all other CAs in hierarchy

19 A CA Hierarchy

20 CA Hierarchy A can verify Bs certificate using the following certificate chain: X >W >V >Y >Z > -- There is chain of trust also. Likewise, B can verify As public key using the following certificate chain: Z >Y >V >W >X > --can obtain these certificates from the directory.

21 Certificate Revocation certificates have a period of validity may need to revoke before expiry, e.g.: 1.user's private key is compromised 2.user is no longer certified by this CA 3.CA's certificate is compromised CAs maintain list of revoked certificates –the Certificate Revocation List (CRL) –CRL is advertised widely through directory. users should check certificates with CAs CRL

22 Authentication Procedures X.509 includes three alternative authentication procedures: One-Way Authentication Two-Way Authentication Three-Way Authentication all use public-key signatures It is assumed that the two parties know each others public key.

23 One-Way Authentication 1 message ( A->B) used to establish –the identity of A and that message is from A –message was intended for B –integrity & originality of message message must include timestamp, nonce, B's identity and is signed by A may include additional info for B –E.g., session key

24 Two-Way Authentication 2 messages (A->B, B->A) which also establishes in addition: –the identity of B and that reply is from B –that reply is intended for A –integrity & originality of reply reply includes original nonce from A, also timestamp and nonce from B may include additional info for A

25 Three-Way Authentication 3 messages (A->B, B->A, A->B) which enables above authentication without synchronized clocks has reply from A back to B containing signed copy of nonce from B means that timestamps need not be checked or relied upon

26 X.509 Version 3 has been recognised that additional information is needed in a certificate – /URL, policy details, usage constraints rather than explicitly naming new fields defined a general extension method extensions consist of: –extension identifier –criticality indicator –extension value

27 Certificate Extensions Extensions fall into three categories: key and policy information –convey additional info about subject & issuer keys, plus indicators of certificate policy certificate subject and issuer attributes –support alternative names, in alternative formats for certificate subject and/or issuer certificate path constraints –allow constraints on use of certificates by other CAs (may restrict the type of certificate issued)

28 Summary have considered: –Kerberos trusted key server system –X.509 authentication and certificates


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