Denial-of-service resistance in key establishment

Smith, Jason, Tritilanunt, Suratose, Boyd, Colin A., Gonzalez Nieto, Juan M., & Foo, Ernest (2007) Denial-of-service resistance in key establishment. International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2(1), pp. 59-71.

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Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are an increasing problem for network connected systems. Key establishment protocols are applications that are particularly vulnerable to DoS attack as they are typically required to perform computationally expensive cryptographic operations in order to authenticate the protocol initiator and to generate the cryptographic keying material that will subsequently be used to secure the communications between initiator and responder. The goal of DoS resistance in key establishment protocols is to ensure that attackers cannot prevent a legitimate initiator and responder deriving cryptographic keys without expending resources beyond a responder-determined threshold. In this work we review the strategies and techniques used to improve resistance to DoS attacks. Three key establishment protocols implementing DoS resistance techniques are critically reviewed and the impact of misapplication of the techniques on DoS resistance is discussed. Recommendations on effectively applying resistance techniques to key establishment protocols are made.

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ID Code: 15002
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: denial of service, DoS attacks, cryptographic protocols, key establishment protocols, key agreement, proofs of work, client puzzles, cryptography, wireless networks, mobile networks, network security
DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2007.013796
ISSN: 1741-1092
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400) > Data Format not elsewhere classified (080499)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTATION THEORY AND MATHEMATICS (080200) > Computational Logic and Formal Languages (080203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Inderscience
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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