Distributed Attestation Revocation in Self-Sovereign Identity

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Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) aspires to create a standardised identity layer for the Internet by placing citizens at the centre of their data, thereby weakening the grip of big tech on current digital identities. However, as millions of both physical and digital identities are lost annually, it is also necessary for SSIs to possibly be revoked to prevent misuse. Previous attempts at designing a revocation mechanism typically violate the principles of SSI by relying on central trusted components. This lack of a distributed revocation mechanism hampers the development of SSI. In this paper, we address this limitation and present the first fully distributed SSI revocation mechanism that does not rely on specialised trusted nodes. Our novel gossip-based propagation algorithm disseminates revocations throughout the network and provides nodes with a proof of revocation that enables offline verification of revocations. We demonstrate through simulations that our protocol adequately scales to national levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN 2022
EditorsSharief Oteafy, Eyuphan Bulut, Florian Tschorsch
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-8001-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-8002-4
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE 47th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) - Hybrid hosted in Edmonton, Canada
Duration: 26 Sept 202229 Sept 2022
Conference number: 47th

Publication series

NameProceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN


Conference2022 IEEE 47th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
CityHybrid hosted in Edmonton

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  • Self-Sovereign Identity
  • revocation
  • offline verification


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