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Quantum key distribution in the classical authenticated key exchange framework

Mosca, Michele , Stebila, Douglas, & Ustaoglu, Berkant (2013) Quantum key distribution in the classical authenticated key exchange framework. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7932, pp. 136-154.

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    Abstract

    Key establishment is a crucial primitive for building secure channels in a multi-party setting. Without quantum mechanics, key establishment can only be done under the assumption that some computational problem is hard. Since digital communication can be easily eavesdropped and recorded, it is important to consider the secrecy of information anticipating future algorithmic and computational discoveries which could break the secrecy of past keys, violating the secrecy of the confidential channel.

    Quantum key distribution (QKD) can be used generate secret keys that are secure against any future algorithmic or computational improvements. QKD protocols still require authentication of classical communication, although existing security proofs of QKD typically assume idealized authentication. It is generally considered folklore that QKD when used with computationally secure authentication is still secure against an unbounded adversary, provided the adversary did not break the authentication during the run of the protocol.

    We describe a security model for quantum key distribution extending classical authenticated key exchange (AKE) security models. Using our model, we characterize the long-term security of the BB84 QKD protocol with computationally secure authentication against an eventually unbounded adversary. By basing our model on traditional AKE models, we can more readily compare the relative merits of various forms of QKD and existing classical AKE protocols. This comparison illustrates in which types of adversarial environments different quantum and classical key agreement protocols can be secure.

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    ID Code: 51575
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Post-Quantum Cryptography. 5th International Workshop, PQCrypto 2013, Limoges, France, June 4-7, 2013. Proceedings
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    Keywords: Quantum key distribution, Authenticated key exchange, Cryptographic protocols, Security models
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-38616-9_9
    ISSN: 0302-9743
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at link.springer.com
    Deposited On: 12 Jul 2012 08:22
    Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 05:50

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