TitleThe Once and Future Onion
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSyverson, P.
Conference NameProceedings of the 22nd European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2017)
Date Published07/2017

Onionsites are Internet sites accessed via protocols offering security protections beyond those provided by the usual protocols and infrastructure of the Internet, such as confidentiality of address lookup, and that significantly strengthen commonly offered protections; for example, their self-authenticating addresses preclude the kinds of certificate hijacks that have occurred against registered domain names. I will sketch the properties and design of onion services, including early history as well as recent developments. I will also describe integration of onionsites much more fully into conventional Internet sites in ways that promote their general widescale adoption.

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