Language, Semantics, and Methods for Cryptographic Protocols

Federico Crazzolara
Glynn Winskel

August 2000


In this report we present a process language for security protocols together with an operational semantics and an alternative semantics in terms of sets of events. The denotation of process is a set of events, and as each event specifies a set of pre and postconditions, this denotation can be viewed as a Petri net. This Petri-net semantics has a strong relation to both Paulson's inductive set of rules and the strand space approach. By means of an example we illustrate how the Petri-net semantics can be used to prove properties such as secrecy and authentication

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