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    Re: New layer, but little or no increase in latenc
    by Anonymous on Friday August 02 2002, @09:49AM (#8319)
    So far, I haven't conceived of a peer-to-peer implementation of handle mapping. It seems that I need a central authority to avoid collisions at the top level.

    To define a unique, collision free identifier isn't hard.
    Pick a large random number.

    But that won't protect against maliciousness.
    (Anyone could pick the same number on purpose.)
    To get around that, use an RSA public key.
    Then the creator and only the creator can sign the
    mapping information with the key.

    Since RSA keys tend to be very large, you can provide
    the MD5 hash of an RSA key instead. Call that the
    finger print of the key. The finger prints are about
    20-30 random characters and used as the handle.
    (38 digits if you use decimal),

    Anyone wishing to prove that a particular handle to
    IP mapping is valid can supply the key (which can be
    verified to be the correct key, since it hashes to the
    MD5 fingerprint/handle) and a digitally signed IP number.
    This could be a special service of the server that uses
    them, or it could be part of any database (including DNS).
    Anyone can cache these signed handle->IP messages,
    so they can be spread out in any of the peer to peer methods.

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    Re: New layer, but little or no increase in latenc by Anonymous
    Working out details of decentralized handle servic
    by odonnell (michael_odonnell@acm.org) on Friday August 02 2002, @11:37AM (#8328)
    User #3447 Info | http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~odonnell/

    This idea looks like it should be published somewhere. If it is, please post the citation.

    I'm aware of ideas of this sort, but I haven't followed any of them in detail. After I've studied the post carefully, and read whatever articles I can find, I'll post some evaluation. There are lots of details to be concerned about:

    • What are the detailed tradeoffs between key-size, security, and latency?

    • What do we do about a rare, but occasional, collision of hashed fingerprints?

    • Do we need a central repository to make sure that entries don't get completely lost? Part of the question here is whether the loss of an entry is considered harmful only to the handle owner (who can republish), or whether it could be harmful to the public.

    Mike O'Donnell
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