My dissertation

I finally submitted my dissertation to the UC Irvine library on Friday. After my final defense, this was the last hurdle to jump, and I have now officially completed my doctorate.

Here’s my dissertation. (PDF, 3.5 MB)

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To cut a long story short, here is my thesis:

Remote attestation, one of the core mechanisms of Trusted Computing, can be
performed in a way that:

  • reasons expressively about program behavior and dynamic properties
  • enables a flexible, graded notion of trust
  • avoids intractable management problems at both the client and server end
  • does not tie attestation to a specific executable binary

In short, remote attestation can attest program properties, rather than program
binaries. I call this semantic remote attestation.

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