Effective Sequential Protocol Composition in Maude-NPA [article]

Sonia Santiago and Santiago Escobar and Catherine Meadows and José Meseguer
2016 arXiv   pre-print
Protocols do not work alone, but together, one protocol relying on another to provide needed services. Many of the problems in cryptographic protocols arise when such composition is done incorrectly or is not well understood. In this paper we discuss an extension to the Maude-NPA syntax and its operational semantics to support dynamic sequential composition of protocols, so that protocols can be specified separately and composed when desired. This allows one to reason about many different
more » ... itions with minimal changes to the specification, as well as improving, in terms of both performance and ease of specification, on an earlier composition extension we presented in [18]. We show how compositions can be defined and executed symbolically in Maude-NPA using the compositional syntax and semantics. We also provide an experimental analysis of the performance of Maude-NPA using the compositional syntax and semantics, and compare it to the performance of a syntax and semantics for composition developed in earlier research. Finally, in the conclusion we give some lessons learned about the best ways of extending narrowing-based state reachability tools, as well as comparison with related work and future plans.
arXiv:1603.00087v1 fatcat:jvc3ph62erbarbiyoqn4hdynzi