Accession Number : ADD018079

Title :   Intermediate Network Authentication.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 3 Jun 94, patented 23 Apr 96,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Atkinson, Randall

Report Date : 23 Apr 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : An internetwork authentication method is provided for verifying a sending host by a receiving host or an intermediate router or gateway. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining a network address and a public key of a receiving host: utilizing the public key from the receiving host in combination with a private key of the originating host to generate a cryptographic signature; transmitting the signature along with data through a first subnetwork in at least one packet; receiving at least one packet at the receiving host; and the receiving host utilizing a private key of said receiving host site and a public key of said originating host to verify said cryptographic signature.

Descriptors :   *VERIFICATION, *COMPUTER NETWORKS, *PATENTS, CRYPTOGRAPHY, HOST COMPUTERS, PACKETS, SITES, SIGNATURES

Subject Categories : Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE