Rob G. Jansen, PhD

Computer Scientist, Researcher, and Principal Investigator
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA

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  1. Citation

    Rob Jansen, Ted Kaminski, Fedor Korsakov, Alexander Saint Croix, and Daniel Selifonov:
    Informal: A Priori Trust Vulnerabilities in EigenTrust. Unpublished report, 2008.

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    We review the motivations underlying the design of the EigenTrust algorithm for trust management in P2P file sharing networks, then illustrate through a simulated P2P network how EigenTrust’s reliance on pre-trusted peers undermines its other security requirements and can lead to severely compromised networks. We then explore a potential alternative to the use of pre-trusted peers, and demonstrate that EigenTrust can work without these vulnerable authorities.


      title = {A Priori Trust Vulnerabilities in EigenTrust},
      author = {Jansen, Rob and Kaminski, Ted and Korsakov, Fedor and Croix, Alexander Saint and Selifonov, Daniel},
      year = {2008},
      howpublished = {Unpublished report},
      note = {Informal},