SmartCert: Redesigning Digital Certificates with Smart Contracts [article]

Pawel Szalachowski
2020 arXiv   pre-print
The Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol and its public-key infrastructure (PKI) are widely used in the Internet to achieve secure communication. Validating domain ownership by trusted certification authorities (CAs) is a critical step in issuing digital certificates, but unfortunately, this process provides a poor security level. In this work, we present SmartCert, a novel approach based on smart contracts to improve digital certificates. A certificate in SmartCert conveys detailed
more » ... on about its validation state which is constantly changing but only with respect to the specified smart contract code and individual domain policies. CAs issuing and updating certificates are kept accountable and their actions are transparent and monitored by the code. We present the implementation and evaluation of SmartCert, and discuss its deployability.
arXiv:2003.13259v1 fatcat:fh3gcmwu4rgkvjzuwmazefkb6a