Analysis and Implementation of the Messaging Layer Security Protocol

Giancecchi, Nicola (2019) Analysis and Implementation of the Messaging Layer Security Protocol. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Ingegneria e scienze informatiche [LM-DM270] - Cesena
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The use of messaging services on smartphones has increased considerably in recent years, due to the growth in the availability of mobile devices and the evolution of communication technologies via Internet, factors that have effectively replaced the use of text messages. This increase also concerned the use in the business environment, a context where the exchange of confidential information is more frequent and therefore the need to protect communication between two or more people. This is important not only on a security point of view, but also for personal privacy. The major global players have responded by implementing security measures within their services, such as end-to-end encryption and increasingly strict rules regarding the processing of personal data. In this thesis we will illustrate Messaging Layer Security, shortened as MLS, a new protocol under development that guarantees security and efficiency in group conversations. When in a conversation between two clients, security can be ensured through end-to-end encryption and key exchange. The problem arises when multiple actors participate in the conversation asynchronously: in this case the computational effort is considerable, even more so considering the use of mobile devices with reduced battery capacity that does not guarantee the continuous presence of the online device. The thesis will deal with both the architectural part, that is more general and traces the outline of the subject, and the protocol part, more technical and detailed. Finally, an implementation of MLS written in Rust and called Melissa will be illustrated, which provides all the basic functionalities indicated in the draft 05 version of the protocol.

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Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Giancecchi, Nicola
Relatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Network Security,Messaging,MLS,Protocol,Ratchet Trees
Data di discussione della Tesi
18 Luglio 2019

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