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Extending OpenID Connect Towards Mission Critical Applications

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Single Sign-On (SSO) decreases the complexity and eases the burden of managing many accounts with a single authentication mechanism. Mission critical application such as banking demands highly trusted identity provider to authenticate its users. The existing SSO protocol such as OpenID Connect protocol provides secure SSO but it is applicable only in the consumer-to-social-network scenarios. Owing to stringent security requirements, the SSO for banking service necessitates a highly trusted identity provider and a secured private channel for user access. The banking system depends on a dedicated central banking authority which controls the monetary policy and it must assume the role of the identity provider. This paper proposes an extension of OpenID Connect protocol that establishes a central identity provider for bank users, which facilitates the users to access different accounts using single login information. The proposed Enhanced OpenID Connect (EOIDC) modifies the authorization code flow of OpenID Connect to build a secure channel from a single trusted identity provider that supports multiple banking services. Moreover, the EOIDC tightens the security mechanism with the help of SAT to avoid impersonation attack using replay and redirect. The formal security analysis and validation demonstrate the strength of the EOIDC against possible attacks such as impersonation, eavesdropping, and a brute force login. The experimental results reveal that the proposed EOIDC system is efficient in providing secured SSO protocol for banking services.

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Computer Sciences, Information Technology