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VaultPoint: A Blockchain-Based SSI Model that Complies with OAuth 2.0

Department of Computer Science, Kyonggi University, Suwon 16227, Korea
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Electronics 2020, 9(8), 1231; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081231
Received: 10 July 2020 / Revised: 28 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 31 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Data Security)
An identity management including authentication and authorization in a network environment is a critical security factor. Various models for identity management have been developed continually, from the silo model to the federated model and to the recently introduced self-sovereign identity (SSI) model. In particular, SSI makes users manage their own information by themselves independently of any organizations. SSI utilizes the newly emerged blockchain technology and many studies of it are in progress. However, SSI has not had wide public use because of its low compatibility and inconvenience. This is because it involves an unfamiliar user experience and an immature process. To solve this problem, this paper proposes a new blockchain-based SSI model that complies with the popular and mature standard of OAuth 2.0. Using blockchain, the proposed model secures users’ data sovereignty where users can use and control their own information in a decentralized manner, instead of depending on a specific monopolistic service-providers. Users and clients who are familiar with the existing OAuth can easily accept the proposed model and apply it, which makes both usability and scalability of the model excellent. This paper confirmed the feasibility of the proposed model by implementing it and a security analysis was performed. The proposed model is expected to contribute to the expansion of both blockchain technology and SSI. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-sovereign identity; blockchain; OAuth; authentication; authorization self-sovereign identity; blockchain; OAuth; authentication; authorization
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Hong, S.; Kim, H. VaultPoint: A Blockchain-Based SSI Model that Complies with OAuth 2.0. Electronics 2020, 9, 1231. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081231

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Hong S, Kim H. VaultPoint: A Blockchain-Based SSI Model that Complies with OAuth 2.0. Electronics. 2020; 9(8):1231. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081231

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Hong, Seongho, and Heeyoul Kim. 2020. "VaultPoint: A Blockchain-Based SSI Model that Complies with OAuth 2.0" Electronics 9, no. 8: 1231. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081231

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