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Paper ID: 1683

Certificate-based Security for the NCS Grid Service
Ann,Bingham Mike,Surridge Simon,Coles Jeremy,Frey Mike,Hursthouse Ken,Meacham Sam,Peppe Steve,Taylor

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2005 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2005/
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Publisher: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Year: 2005
ISBN/ISSN: 1-904425-53-4
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Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2005/proceedings/papers/461.pdf

Abstract: The National Crystallographic Service (NCS) Trust Network allows only certified users to access the Grid and provides the security infrastructure for the performance of an semi-automated crystallography experiment. The NCS investigated an end user-generated digital certificate-approach to the authentication of service subscribers. This approach employed a conventional PKI policy wherein the validity of each party involved in the transaction is verified and authenticated via a system of digital certificates, CA, and one or more RAs. However, the sign-up process was deemed too complex. An alternative to this was sought which involves little or no installation of client software, but which still utilises the current security sign-up solution. The approach that was chosen deviated from a strict PKI in that the user certificates are centrally generated and signed, and then securely transferred to the user.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2005


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