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A Model for Systematic Analysis of Voting Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Tjostheim, Thea Peacock, Professor Peter Ryan



There has recently been keen interest in the threat analysis of voting systems. While it is important to verify the system itself, it has been found that certain vulnerabilities only become apparent when taking a “systems-based” view, i.e. considering interactions between the various components of a scheme [13, 24]. Threat analysis has so far been of three main forms: systems-based, protocol-level and taxonomy check-lists. We discuss these approaches before presenting a model for analysis of voting systems that essentially combines the first two methods, while avoiding the repetition that can occur with the latter. The model is described in detail, and demonstrated with an example from a case study of the Ryan-Randell “Scratch Card” voting system [20].

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tjostheim T, Peacock T, Ryan P Y A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2007

Pages: 21

Print publication date: 01/01/2007

Source Publication Date: January 2007

Report Number: 1001

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne