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Ceremony Analysis: Strengths and Weaknesses

Abstract : We investigate known security flaws in the context of security ceremonies to gain an understanding of the ceremony analysis process. The term security ceremonies is used to describe a system of protocols and humans which interact for a specific purpose. Security ceremonies and ceremony analysis is an area of research in its infancy, and we explore the basic principles involved to better understand the issues involved.We analyse three ceremonies, HTTPS, EMV and Opera Mini, and use the information gained from the experience to establish a list of typical flaws in ceremonies. Finally, we use that list to analyse a protocol proven secure for human use. This leads to a realisation of the strengths and weaknesses of ceremony analysis.
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Kenneth Radke, Colin Boyd, Juan Gonzalez Nieto, Margot Brereton. Ceremony Analysis: Strengths and Weaknesses. 26th International Information Security Conference (SEC), Jun 2011, Lucerne, Switzerland. pp.104-115, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-21424-0_9⟩. ⟨hal-01567584⟩

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