Key Distribution and Management for Mobile Applications

Key Distribution and Management for Mobile Applications

György Kálmán (University Graduate Center – UniK, Norway) and Josef Noll (University Graduate Center – UniK, Norway)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-899-4.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter deals with challenges raised by securing transport, service access, user privacy, and accounting in wireless environments. Key generation, delivery, and revocation possibilities are discussed and recent solutions are shown. Special focus is on efficiency and adaptation to the mobile environment. Device domains in personal area networks and home networks are introduced to provide personal digital rights management (DRM) solutions. The value of smart cards and other security tokens are shown and a secure and convenient transmission method is recommended based on the mobile phone and near-field communication technology.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Out of Band Key Delivery: Out of band key delivery occurs when an encryption key is delivered with a mean, which is inaccessible from inside the network it will be used in. An example is to carry a key on an USB stick between parties, where the key will never be transmitted over the network.

Rootkit: Rootkit is a kind of software to hide other programs. Mainly used by Trojans, they enable hidden applications to access local resources without user knowledge.

Mutual Authentication: Mutual authentication occurs when the communicating parties can mutually check each others identity, thus reducing the possibility of a man-in-the-middle attack or other integrity attacks.

Seamless Authentication: Seamless authentication is a method where the user is authenticated towards an entity without the burden of credential requests. For high security requirements, transparent methods are not applicable, but can provide additional security in traditional username/password or PIN-based sessions.

Session Key: Session key is a short life, randomly generated encryption key to protect one or a group of messages. The main purpose is to use expensive encryption operations only when starting a session and use a simpler to manage cipher in the later part.

Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange: Diffie-Hellman key exchange is a procedure, which allows negotiating a secure session key between parties, who do not have any former information about each other. The negotiation messages are in band, but because of the non-polynomial (NP) problem used in the procedure, adversaries are not able to compromise it.

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