On the Rila-Mitchell security protocols for biometrics-based cardholder authentication in smartcards

Phan, , RCW and Goi, , BM (2005) On the Rila-Mitchell security protocols for biometrics-based cardholder authentication in smartcards. COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE AND ITS APPLICATIONS - ICCSA 2005, PT 1, 3480 . pp. 488-497. ISSN 0302-9743

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Abstract

We consider the security of the Rila-Mitchell security protocols recently proposed for biometrics-based smartcard systems. We first present a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on one of these protocols and hence show that it fails to achieve mutual authentication between the smartcard and smartcard reader. In particular, a hostile smartcard can trick the reader into believing that it is a legitimate card and vice versa. We also discuss security cautions that if not handled carefully would lead to attacks. We further suggest countermeasures to strengthen the protocols against our attacks, as well as to guard against the cautions highlighted. Our emphasis here is that seemingly secure protocols when implemented with poor choices of parameters would lead to attacks.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2011 05:14
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2011 05:14
URI: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/2309

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