Towards Privacy-Preserving and User-Centric Identity Management as a Service


Towards Privacy-Preserving and User-Centric Identity Management as a Service


Pritam Dash (SIC), Christian Rabensteiner (TUG), Felix Hörandner (TUG, Simon Roth (SIC)


Identification, authentication and the exchange of users’ identity information are key factors in protecting access to online services. Especially cost-effectiveness is a considerable incentive to move identity management models into the public cloud. As cloud environments are not fully trusted, the users’ sensitive attributes must not be stored or transmitted in plain, while it still has to be possible to share them. One approach is to employ proxy re-encryption, which enables the identity provider to transform a user’s encrypted attributes into ciphertext for an authorized service provider. However, for adoption, the user’s perspective must not be neglected. In this paper, we propose a user-friendly and user-centric identity management solution that employs cryptographic mechanisms to protect the users’ privacy and keep them in control of the data sharing process. We integrate proxy re-encryption into the widely-adopted OpenID Connect protocol to achieve end-to-end confidentiality. To make this concept user-friendly, we introduce a mobile app that handles the involved cryptographic operations which rely on keys securely stored in a trusted execution environment.


Open Identity Summit 2017 (

Place and Date

Karlstad, Sweden. October 5-6, 2017