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JCP 2009 Vol.4(5): 415-422 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.4304/jcp.4.5.415-422

A Pseudonymity System for Grids

Joni Hahkala, Henri Mikkonen, Mika Silander, John White
Helsinki Institute of Physics, Technology Programme
Abstract—Traditionally, Grid users have been identifiable and traceable beyond reasonable doubt by their digital certificates. However, Grids are used in an ever-increasing variety of contexts and thus, the number of usage scenarios has augmented accordingly. In bio-medicine and other health-related fields a need for anonymous access to Grid resources has been identified. Anonymous access to resources prevents the resource owners and other external parties from tracing the users and their actions. Such anonymity of resource usage in Grids is needed above all in commercial contexts, e.g. protecting the development process of a new medicine by anonymizing the accesses to medical research databases. In this paper we identify the requirements and define an architecture for pseudonymity system addressing these needs. Also the protocols used between the components are defined.

Index Terms—Authentication, Authorization, Grid Security, Pseudonymity.

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Cite: Joni Hahkala, Henri Mikkonen, Mika Silander, John White, "A Pseudonymity System for Grids," Journal of Computers vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 415-422, 2009.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-203X
Abbreviated Title: J.Comput.
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Liansheng Tan
Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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E-mail: jcp@iap.org
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