Patent Number: 6,311,218

Title: Method and apparatus for providing security in a star network connection using public key cryptography

Abstract: An intermediate system authenticates using cryptography. The authentication routine requires a user to supply a secret known only to the user before allowing data to be transmitted. The secret is never transmitted. The invention may be incorporated into an intermediate system, into intermediate system software, or into application specific integrated circuits designed for use in an intermediate system. The invention may include components that interact specifically with installed components in an end system or elsewhere in a network.

Inventors: Jain; Vipin Kumar (Santa Clara, CA), Nessett; Danny M. (Fremont, CA), Sherer; William Paul (Danville, CA)

Assignee: 3Com Corporation

International Classification: H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 12/413 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101); H04L 12/407 (20060101); H04L 12/46 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); G06F 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018