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Title: Improving asynchronous messaging and path finding in the OpenPGP Web of Trust
Author: Tipper , Paul
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis seeks to examine the failures of the current asynchronous messaging systems upon which more and more of our lives seem to depend. It also examines current work with OpenPGP, and the extensions thereof. Two strands of thesis were created, firstly reengineering the SMTP protocol and associated technologies to attempt to increase its efficency, flexibility and security. Secondly an attempt to create an efficently searchable layer above the OpenPGP Web of Trust, assisting programs in locating paths between keys which increases the usefulness of the OpenPGP trust model. These two strands are combined to provide a proof of concept system that delivers mails in optional chunks with TCP connections secured by OpenPGP certificates.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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