Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2009/150
Efficient group authentication protocols based on human interaction
Long Hoang Nguyen and A. W. Roscoe
Abstract: We re-examine the needs of computer security in pervasive computing from
first principles, specifically the problem of bootstrapping secure networks. We consider the case of systems that may have no shared secret information, and where there is no structure such as a PKI available.
We propose several protocols which achieve a high degree of security based on a combination of human-mediated communication and an ordinary
Dolev-Yao communication medium. In particular they resist combinatorial
attacks on the hash or digest values that have to be compared by
human users, seemingly optimising the amount of security they can achieve for a given amount of human effort. We compare our protocols with recent pairwise protocols proposed by, for example, Hoepman and Vaudenay.
Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / Authentication protocol using human interactions
Publication Info: This paper has been accepted and published in the informal proceedings (page 9–31) of Workshop on Foundation of Computer Security and Automated Reasoning Protocol Security Analysis, August 2006
Date: received 1 Apr 2009, last revised 11 Dec 2011
Contact author: long nguyen at comlab ox ac uk
Available format(s): PDF | BibTeX Citation
Note: A preliminary version of this paper appeared in the informal
proceedingds of the workshop on Foundation of Computer Security and
Automated Reasoning Protocol Security Analysis, pp. 9-31 (FCS-ARSPA 2006).
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