Mathematical Mesh 3.0 Part I: Architecture Guide
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            Mathematical Mesh 3.0 Part I: Architecture Guide
                 draft-hallambaker-mesh-architecture-16

Abstract

   The Mathematical Mesh is a Threshold Key Infrastructure that makes
   computers easier to use by making them more secure.  Application of
   threshold cryptography to key generation and use enables users to
   make use of public key cryptography across multiple devices with
   minimal impact on the user experience.

   This document provides an overview of the Mesh data structures,
   protocols and examples of its use.

   [Note to Readers] Discussion of this draft takes place on the
   MATHMESH mailing list (mathmesh@ietf.org), which is archived at
   https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/search/?email_list=mathmesh.

   This document is also available online at
   http://mathmesh.com/Documents/draft-hallambaker-mesh-
   architecture.html.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     2.1.  Related Specifications  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     2.2.  Defined Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     2.3.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     2.4.  Implementation Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   3.  Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.1.  The Device Management Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     3.2.  Exchange of trusted credentials.  . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     3.3.  Application configuration management  . . . . . . . . . .  11
     3.4.  The Mesh as platform  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     3.5.  Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     3.6.  Enterprise Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   4.  User Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.1.  Creating a Mesh Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       4.1.1.  Encrypting and Decrypting files.  . . . . . . . . . .  14
       4.1.2.  Catalogs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     4.2.  Adding devices  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
       4.2.1.  Decrypting files on the new device  . . . . . . . . .  18
       4.2.2.  Applications  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     4.3.  Mesh Messaging  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
       4.3.1.  Contact exchange  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
       4.3.2.  Confirmation service  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     4.4.  Encryption Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     4.5.  Escrow and Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
     4.6.  Future Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
       4.6.1.  Synchronous Messaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       4.6.2.  Social Media  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   5.  Mesh Cryptography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
     5.1.  Best Practice by Default  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
     5.2.  Multi-Level Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     5.3.  Threshold Decryption  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     5.4.  Threshold Key Generation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     5.5.  Threshold Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     5.6.  Data At Rest Encryption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
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