Overall Objectives
Scientific Foundations
Application Domains
New Results
Other Grants and Activities

Section: Overall Objectives

Overall Objectives

SECSI is a common project between INRIA Futurs and the LSV (Laboratoire Spécification et Vérification), itself a common research unit of CNRS (UMR 8643) and the ENS (École Normale Supérieure) de Cachan.

The SECSI project is a research project on the security of information systems. Originally, SECSI was organized around three main themes, and their mutual relationships:

This has changed. Starting from 2006, SECSI concentrates on the first theme, while keeping an eye on the other two.

In a nutshell, the aim of the SECSI project is to develop logic-based verification techniques for security properties of computer systems and networks .

The thrust is towards more automation (new automata-based, or theorem-proving based verification techniques), more properties (not just secrecy or authentication, but e.g., coercion-resistance in electronic voting schemes), more realism (e.g., cryptographic soundness theorems for formal models).

The new objectives of the SECSI project are:

  1. Tree-automata based methods, automated deduction, and approximate/exact cryptographic protocol verification in the Dolev-Yao model.

  2. Enriching the Dolev-Yao model with algebraic theories, and associated decision problems.

  3. Computational soundness of formal models (Dolev-Yao, applied pi-calculus).

  4. Indistinguishability proofs allowing us to handle more properties, e.g. anonymity.

  5. Application to new security protocols, e.g. electonic voting protocols.

  6. Security in the presence of probabilistic and demonic non-deterministic choices.


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