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Securing personal RFID tags and infrastructures


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

The recent emergence of RFID tags that are capable of performing high level cryptographic operations (including public key operations) motivates new RFID applications, including electronic travel documents, identification cards, and payment instruments. This has introduced a new class of RFID tags which store sensitive owner specific data (e.g., biometrics) – i.e., personal RFID tags. The primary task of these tags is to identify and authenticate their authorized holders to authorized RFID readers. In such settings, we observe an important feature that distinguishes these tags from the more traditional RFID tags used in supply chain and inventory management is the involvement of a human user and the sensitive nature of data contained in the tags.

We take advantage of the user's awareness and presence to construct simple, efficient, secure, feasible, and (most importantly) usable solutions for important, yet largely ignored problems in such RFID systems. These include RFID reader revocation status checking in RFID public key infrastructures and transaction verification in RFID enabled payment instruments.

We also evaluate the usability and practical security of each of our solutions via usability studies which include on line surveys and actual tests using prototypes. Our approach to solving the above mentioned problems takes advantage of new low-power technologies such as OLED, ePaper, and other more recent advances in hardware integration on RFID tags. We use these technologies to improve security by applying them to establish secure I/O channels for communication between the tag owner, the personal tag, and the reader.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Computer Engineering;
Computer science
Classification
0464: Computer Engineering
0984: Computer science
Identifier / keyword
Applied sciences; Applied cryptography; Credit cards; Epassports; Public key infrastructures; RFID; Security
Title
Securing personal RFID tags and infrastructures
Author
Nithyanand, Rishab
Number of pages
97
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0030
Source
MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109661460
Advisor
Tsudik, Gene
Committee member
Kobsa, Alfred; Silverberg, Alice
University/institution
University of California, Irvine
Department
Computer Science - M.S.
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1474491
ProQuest document ID
304196853
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304196853
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