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Security for the DoD Transmission Control Protocol

  • Whitfield Diffie
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 218)

Abstract

In securing packet switched digital communications, it is possible to add the security measures at almost any layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model of network functioning. At one extreme, security may be supplied either by physical protection of the communication links (with no impact at all on network communication protocols) or by independent encryption of the traffic on each link of the network (with little protocol impact). Solutions or this sort are called link security and, although widely employed, have the disadvantage of requiring the users to place a high degree of trust in the network. At the other extreme, it is possible, using cryptography, to add security to each individual user level application. This has the advantage of minimizing the user’s need to trust the network and thus providing end-to-end security, but also has the disadvantage of requiring a multiplicity of implementations.

Keywords

Sequence Number Transmission Control Protocol Cipher Block Transport Layer Security Layer 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Whitfield Diffie
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell-Northern ResearchMountain View

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