Perimeter
2/8/2012
11:10 PM
Taher Elgamal
Taher Elgamal
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

Online And Physical User Identities

Some data-owning businesses are getting into the Internet authentication market -- and that's good news

The desire to have a strong authentication mechanism that Internet businesses can use to authenticate their users is becoming more of a necessity than a pure desire. The growth of cybercrime is creating opportunities for the data that some businesses keep on individuals to become much more valuable.

When a user enters certain information in a Web form to conduct business, the website can consult with businesses that maintain information about individuals, such as credit bureaus, to make sure that the data provided is at least consistent. This type of service can protect against a large number of fraudulent uses of personal information where the cybercriminal has some information about the victim and tries to use it for financial gain. Higher levels of identity theft would not be affected if the criminal has a lot of information that is, in fact, consistent.

I think these types of services are very useful in detecting and preventing many of the forms of fraud we see today. We are observing that some of the data-owning businesses are getting into the Internet authentication market -- which adds a lot of value to all involved. I think the initial collaboration we are starting to see today among many companies, small and large, in this type of authentication will end up producing a much better business environment that we will feel comfortable to use for more transactions.

Recognized in the industry as the "inventor of SSL," Dr. Taher Elgamal led the SSL efforts at Netscape. He also wrote the SSL patent and promoted SSL as the Internet security standard within standard committees and the industry. Dr. Elgamal invented several industry and government standards in data security and digital signatures area, including the DSS government standard for digital signatures. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-1421
Published: 2014-04-22
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Craig Knudsen WebCalendar before 1.2.5, 1.2.6, and other versions before 1.2.7 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the Category Name field to category.php.

CVE-2013-2105
Published: 2014-04-22
The Show In Browser (show_in_browser) gem 0.0.3 for Ruby allows local users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a symlink attack on /tmp/browser.html.

CVE-2013-2187
Published: 2014-04-22
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Apache Archiva 1.2 through 1.2.2 and 1.3 before 1.3.8 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unspecified parameters, related to the home page.

CVE-2013-4116
Published: 2014-04-22
lib/npm.js in Node Packaged Modules (npm) before 1.3.3 allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on temporary files with predictable names that are created when unpacking archives.

CVE-2013-4472
Published: 2014-04-22
The openTempFile function in goo/gfile.cc in Xpdf and Poppler 0.24.3 and earlier, when running on a system other than Unix, allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on temporary files with predictable names.

Best of the Web