Cryptography in the Age of Export Control

Daniel Simon, Microsoft Corp
Tuesday 26 Nov 1996, 4:15pm, Gates 104


The recent growth in importance of the Internet has highlighted the need for interoperable standards for secure communication between strangers. The effort to establish such standards has encountered a number of obstacles, not least of which are the restrictions imposed by the U.S. government on the export of cryptographic technology. The requirement that standards take into account these restrictions creates a number of subtle (and not-so-subtle) protocol design problems. We will discuss some of these problems, and their solutions, as they have come up in the deliberations of the IETF Working Group on Transport Layer Security (TLS).