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

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    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.,
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      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
      %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

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKNNRPDT.RVW 20031205

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