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Anonymous Messaging in Middleware

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000196809D
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

This disclosure describes a system to support anonymous messaging in middleware whilst still maintaining system integrity, allowing for trusted anonymous messaging systems to be implemented

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Anonymous Messaging in Middleware

In a messaging environment, security is rightly highly regarded and as such interfaces are often built into security products to verify that a user is allowed to put or get a message.

    By contrast, there are occasions where the right to protect the details of the user are beneficial - such as when performing a secret ballot, or notifying officials of a crime.

    The solution disclosed herein is intended to allow middleware to offer an anonymous option to access a resource.

The middleware would offer an anonymous switch.

    This would be implementable initially in the programming interface so that when an application is made, developed and distributed, there would be no information flowed that could be used to directly identify the user - for example user names, passwords, IP address etc

    Also the middleware would have a switch at the resource level as to whether anonymous access is allowed. For example when defining a queue, you would specify ANONYMOUS(PUT / GET / NONE) depending upon the level of access you wish to give.

    When the anonymous option is enabled it should be used before any external security processing is triggered such as a look-up of a user identifier and password and would be used to bypass this processing - thus reducing any unnecessary overheads.

    The benefit of this option would be that users of systems developed with this could trust that their messages are genuinely anonymous, and in the event of, for example, notifyi...