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Douglas Stebila

Douglas Stebila

University of Waterloo

 

12th May 2022, 4:00pm - 5:00pm (GST)

 

Title:

Recent results for KEMTLS

Abstract:

In 2020, we proposed KEMTLS, an alternative for the TLS 1.3 handshake that uses implicit authentication via key encapsulation mechanisms, rather than explicit authentication using digital signatures. In the context of post-quantum cryptography, where KEMs typically have smaller communication than digital signature schemes, KEMTLS can save bandwidth, but is a substantial protocol change. In this talk, I'll give an introduction to the KEMTLS protocol, and then discuss recent results around KEMTLS. These include: a version of KEMTLS that can take advantage of pre-distributed / out-of-band server public keys to reduce round trips in the client authentication setting; recent results on formal verification of KEMTLS using the Tamarin prover; and methods for efficiently and non-interactively proving possession of KEM keys to certificate authorities to enable a public key infrastructure for KEM public keys.

Bio:

Dr. Douglas Stebila is an Associate Professor of cryptography in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on improving the security of Internet communications protocols and developing practical quantum-resistant cryptography. He is the leader of the Open Quantum Safe project, an open-source software project for prototyping and evaluating quantum-resistant cryptography. He holds an MSc from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Waterloo.