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TLS and DTLS: A Tale of Two Protocols - September 20, 2012

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by  Prof. Kenny Paterson, Royal Holloway University. The lecture will be followed by a reception. Please feel free to forward this invitation.

Date: September 20, 2012
Time: 16:30
Venue: B21

Abstract: TLS is the de facto protocol of choice for securing Internet communications, while DTLS is an increasingly important variant of TLS that was designed for use in lightweight applications. In this talk, I will provide an overview of what is known about the security of the TLS and DTLS protocols. I’ll discuss the BEAST attack on TLS and what its implications are. I’ll also talk about a recently discovered vulnerability in TLS 1.2, as well as what we know about the provable security of the protocol. I'll then explain how DTLS implementations turn out to be more vulnerable than TLS to padding oracle attacks. The talk will assume basic knowledge of cryptography and networking, but will be as self-contained as possible.

Prof. Kenny Paterson obtained his BSc (Hons) in 1990 from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from the University of London in 1993, both in mathematics. He was a Royal Society Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, from 1993 to 1994, and a Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Foundation Fellow at the University of London from 1994 to 1996. He joined the mathematics group at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Bristol in November 1996, becoming project manager in 1999. His technical work there involved him in international standards setting, internal consultancy on a wide range of mathematical and cryptographic subjects, and intellectual property generation. In 2001, Kenny re-joined Royal Holloway as a Lecturer, becoming Reader in 2002 and Professor in 2004. In March 2010, Kenny commenced a 5-year research fellowship funded by EPSRC on the topic of "Cryptography: Bridging Theory and Practice". He was Program Chair for Eurocrypt 2011, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cryptology, and continues to consult to industry and government. Kenny's research interests span a wide range of topics in theoretical and applied cryptography, and information security.