REVIEW: "Non-Repudiation in Electronic Commerce", Jianying Zhou

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  1. BKNNRPDT.RVW 20031205

    "Non-Repudiation in Electronic Commerce", Jianying Zhou, 2001,
    1-58053-247-0, U$89.00/C$131.95
    %A Jianying Zhou
    %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
    %D 2001
    %G 1-58053-247-0
    %I Artech House/Horizon
    %O U$89.00/C$131.95 617-769-9750 800-225-9977 fax: +1-617-769-6334
    %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580532470/robsladesinterne
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580532470/robsladesinte-21
    %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580532470/robsladesin03-20
    %P 200 p.
    %T "Non-Repudiation in Electronic Commerce"

    The preface outlines non-repudiation as a security service in its own
    right, with supporting requirements, rather than an effect of another
    security mechanism. This position is in rather interesting contrast
    to most works that tag non-repudiation onto the list of functions that
    can be accomplished by asymmetric (public key) cryptography: a
    benefit, but a bit of an afterthought.

    Chapter one gives us an introduction to the basics of non-repudiation,
    in both electronic mail and electronic commerce. Various parties to a
    transaction, the means, requirements, and forms of evidence all make
    up the fundamentals of non-repudiation in chapter two. Digital
    signatures are the traditional, but not the only way to prevent
    repudiation of a transaction or message, and chapter three examines
    four approaches for maintaining their validity. Chapter four
    investigates the concept of fairness in a non-repudiation system,
    ensuring that where the transaction is not completed neither side is
    able to obtain an advantage over the other. In general, fairness
    requires either gradual disclosure (in an ad hoc situation) or the
    involvement of a trusted third party. Specific "Fair" protocols are
    reviewed in chapter five. Chapter six looks at the ISO's
    (International Standards Organization) non-repudiation mechanisms.
    Case studies of the detailed requirements and proposed protocols for
    an online lottery (which also involves anonymity) and mobile
    (wireless) billing are in chapter seven. Chapter eight has a summary
    of the main points in the book, and appendix A deals with formal
    verification of non-repudiation.

    A detailed and interesting account of a rather neglected but important
    topic.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKNNRPDT.RVW 20031205

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