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Reasoning about recognizability in security protocol analysis

Speaker: Zhiwei Li
Date: Thursday, Aug 9, 11.a.m.
Location:  1127 SEO

Although verifying a message has long been recognized as an important concept in security protocol analysis, there is no consensus on its exact meaning. Such a lack of formal treatment of the concept makes it extremely difficult to evaluate the vulnerability of security protocols. This talk addresses the question: what is meant by saying that a message can be verified? The core technical innovation is a third notion of knowledge in security protocols -- recognizability. It can be considered as intermediate between deduction and static equivalence, two classical knowledge notions in security protocols. I will then give several examples to show how recognizability shed important lights on the study of security protocols. 

Zhiwei Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Software & Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He got his B.S. degrees on Electrical Engineering from Southeast University, China, in 2003. He also received a MS degree in Software Engineering from San Yat-sen University, China, in 2006. His research interests include security, formal methods, and knowledge reasoning.