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Wireless networks break the implicit assumptions that supported
authorization in wired networks (that is: if one could connect, then
one must be authorized). However, ensuring that only authorized users
can access a campus-wide wireless network creates many challenges: we
must permit authorized guests to access the same network resources
that internal users do; we must accommodate the de-centralized way
that authority flows in real universities; we also must work within
standards, and accommodate the laptops and systems that users already
have, without requiring additional software or plug-ins.
This paper describes our ongoing project to address this problem, using SPKI/SDSI delegation on top of X.509 keypair within EAP-TLS. Within the ``living laboratory'' of Dartmouth's wireless network, this project lets us solve real problem with wireless networking, while also experimenting with trust flows and testing the limits of current tools.
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Sean Smith, Nicholas C. Goffee, Sung Hoon Kim, Punch Taylor, Meiyuan Zhao, and John Marchesini, "Greenpass: Flexible and Scalable Authorization for Wireless Networks." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2004-484, January 2004.
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