Paper 2018/384

Fine-Grained and Application-Ready Distance-Bounding Security

Ioana Boureanu, David Gerault, and Pascal Lafourcade


Distance-bounding (DB) protocols are being adopted in different applications, e.g., contactless payments, keyless entries. For DB to be application-ready, "pick-and-choose" corruption models and clear-cut security definitions in DB are needed. Yet, this is virtually impossible using the four existing formalisms for distance-bounding (DB), whereby each considers around five different security properties, arguably intertwined and hard to compare amongst each other. In particular, terrorist-fraud resistance has been notoriously problematic to formalise in DB. Also, achieving this property, often weakness a protocol's general security. We demonstrate that --in fact-- terrorist-fraud resistance cannot be achieved, under standard assumptions made for DB protocols. Our result wraps up terrorist-fraud resistance in provable-security in DB. As a consequence of terrorist-fraud resistance being made irrelevant, and to address application-ready DB, we present a new, provable-security model for distance-bounding. It formalises fine-grained corruption-modes (i.e., white-box and black-box corrupted provers) and this allows for clearer security definitions driven by the separation in corruption-modes. Also, our model explicitly includes a security-property generalising key-leakage, which per se --before this-- was studied only implicitly or as a by-product of other DB-security properties. In all, our formalism only requires three, clear-cut security definitions which can be "picked and chosen" based on the application-driven prover-corruption modes.

Note: there was a pb in authors' names

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