Namecoin as a Decentralized Alternative to Certificate Authorities for TLS

Centralized certificate authorities pose an imminent censorship, wiretap, and impersonation threat to the TLS ecosystem (upon which HTTPS traffic relies). Namecoin (the first fork of Bitcoin, which implements a DNS-like naming system) offers a real solution that doesn’t just shuffle the set of trusted third parties. This talk will cover how we repurposed various little-known, often-undocumented features to get Namecoin TLS to work with unmodified, real-world TLS implementations such as Chromium and Firefox, while minimizing attack surface and on-chain data size.

Speakers


Jeremy Rand


Saturday Oct 31, 2020 - 12:00 PM CDT

Level 0, Monero Village

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