Cross-Layer Verification of Type Flaw Attacks on Security Protocols

Long, Benjamin W., Fidge, Colin J., & Carrington, David A. (2007) Cross-Layer Verification of Type Flaw Attacks on Security Protocols. In Dobbie, Gillian (Ed.) 30th Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2007), January 2007, Ballarat.


Security protocols are often specified at the application layer; however, application layer specifications give little detail regarding message data structures at the presentation layer upon which some implementation-dependent attacks rely. In this paper we present an approach to verifying security protocols in which both the application and presentation layers are modelled. Using the Group Domain of Interpretation protocol as an example, our application layer specification of the protocol is used as input to the AVISPA model checking tool for analysis. Two type flaw attacks are found via model checking which are then verified against the corresponding presentation layer specification, thus identifying the minimal requirements to prevent the attacks.

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ID Code: 5407
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Information security, Networking, Security protocols, Formal methods, Model checking
ISBN: 1920682430
ISSN: 1445-1336
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400) > Data Format not elsewhere classified (080499)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Computer Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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