ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 2    Issue : 1    Date : February 2007

Conformance Testing a Set of Criteria for Assessing Trust
Omar Batarfi and Lindsay Marshall
Page(s): 44-49
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The ability to authenticate the identity of an entity in an open and insecure environment such as the
Internet plays an important role in reducing potential threats and Public key Infrastructure
techniques assist in verifying the identity of entities participating in online transactions. A
Certification Authority (CA) issues certificates to entities and vouches for the identity embodied in
them. These certificates inherit their trustworthiness from the fact that their issuer is a known
(trusted) CA. We have developed criteria for authenticating an entity’s identity when there is no
trusted CA (untrusted domain ) to vouch for the trust embodied in a certificate. This paper describes
conformance testing of the criteria we developed; the ultimate objective of this being to show their
efficiency and robustness.

Index Terms
certificate, criteria, CA, criterion, subject, CP