Security Discussion

From: Amit Sahai <sahai_at_CS_dot_Princeton_dot_EDU>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2003 - 00:58:47 CST


I'd like to start a more careful, structured, and systematic security
discussion at this point. This will (unfortunately) require repetition
of the many ideas that have been put forth so far regarding security.

The purpose of this exercise is to have a single, organized place where
everyone can look to understand the security aspects of our proposed

There is now a somewhat functional Wiki authoring system at:

This system allows for our community to jointly edit a single
collection of files containing our discussion.

By clicking on "Edit text of this page" you can see the current text, and
thereby learn how to use the system. It is extremely simple.

Right now, I get reported errors when I try to save changes, but
everything works fine afterwards anyway (despite the reported errors).
There is a plan to migrate to a better system soon, but the current Wiki
can hopefully serve for now.


The current goal is to begin with a detailed analysis of the "initial"
proposed OVC system, without any suggested improvements. We need to
understand: (1) What are the strengths, (2) What are the weaknesses, and
(3) What are the assumptions.

Then we can continue this process with suggested improvements to address
(2) and (3) above.

Right now, most urgently, there needs to be a fleshed-out description of
the proposed system at:

This will give us something to discuss.

I hope that many of you will join me in this effort.

Amit Sahai
Prof. Amit Sahai
Department of Computer Science
Princeton University
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