Secure multiparty device pairing using random peephole generations

Soorya Annadurai, Bhargav J. Bhatkalkar

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A secure device pairing mechanism is used to establish a trusted communication channel between unassociated wireless devices. The broadcast nature of wireless communication opens the door for man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, and even other subtle forms of masquerader and misfeasor attacks. This paper introduces a simple device pairing approach to tackle such attacks seamlessly. The algorithm is compatible with a multitude of devices, whereas a majority of existing algorithms are based on two devices exclusively. This approach utilizes a human visual channel as an Out-Of-Band (OOB) channel to authenticate the public keys exchanged between the devices. The interactive nature of this approach forces user attention, hence improving the reliability and consistency of the device pairing process. To do so, we introduce the concept of ‘peepholes,’ and mathematically define it before demonstrating the algorithm’s methodology. Subsequent sections also demonstrate its robustness against attacks via misfeasors, masqueraders, and men-in-the-middle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-221
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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