A plugin-based privacy scheme for World-Wide Web file distribution

  • Jenkin M
  • Dymond P
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Abstract

Existing security mechanisms for serving documents on the World
Wide Web typically require use of either an underlying security
transport mechanism (e.g. SSL) or alternate servers, browsers and data
streams (e.g. SHTTP). We introduce a simpler method using plugins which
provides moderate security for serving private documents within the
standard HTTP mechanism and socket layer. This new method operates by
providing a security plugin within a standard Web browser environment.
It provides a somewhat lower level of functionality and security than
the alternatives mentioned above but requires much less overhead,
especially on the server end, and appears to be very appropriate for
serving low security, non-public documents, files and images over the
World Wide Web. The method can be easily adapted to provide other
advantages, such as automatic “water marking” of decoded
material with the name of the decoder, and the deployment of content
specific compression algorithms

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  • M. Jenkin

  • P. Dymond

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