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This draft is a work item of the Secure Network Time Protocol Working Group of the IETF.
Title : Public-Key Cryptography for the Network Time Protocol
Author(s) : D. Mills
Filename : draft-ietf-stime-ntpauth-02.txt
Pages : 38
Date : 11-Sep-01
This memorandum describes a scheme for authenticating servers to
clients using the Network Time Protocol. It extends prior schemes
based on symmetric key cryptography to a new scheme based on public
key cryptography. The new scheme, called Autokey, is based on the
premiss that the IPSEC schemes proposed by the IETF cannot be adopted
intact, since that would preclude stateless servers and severely
compromise timekeeping accuracy. In addition, the IPSEC model presumes
authenticated timestamps are always available; however,
cryptographically verified timestamps require interaction between the
timekeeping function and authentication function in ways not yet
considered in the IPSEC model.
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