A List by Author: Václav Matyá¹
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Attackers in Wireless Sensor Networks Will Be Neither Random nor Jumping -- Secrecy Amplification Case, Extended Version
Partially compromised network is a pragmatic assumption in many real-life
The Million-Key Question - Investigating the Origins of RSA Public Keys
Can bits of an RSA public key leak information about design and implementation choices such as the prime generation algorithm? We analysed over 60 million freshly generated key pairs from 22 open- and closed-source libraries and from 16 different smartcards, revealing significant leakage. The bias introduced by different choices is sufficiently large to classify a probable library or smartcard with high accuracy based only on the values of public keys. Such a classification can be used to decrease
Towards Better Selective Forwarding And Delay Attacks Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks
A number of intrusion detection techniques have been proposed to detect different kinds of active attacks on wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Selective forwarding and delay attacks are two simple but effective attacks that can disrupt the communication in WSNs. In this work, we propose two parametrized collaborative intrusion detection techniques and optimize their parameters for a specific scenario using extensive simulations and multiobjective evolutionary algorithms. Moreover, we sample the whole search space to enable evaluation of evolution performance. The found optimized results are also compared to a simpler non-collaborative detection technique to demonstrate improvements of collaborative approach. We also evaluate the influence of changes of the number of malicious nodes on the intrusion detection performance. This technical report extends our paper presented at conference ICNSC 2016 by details of experiment settings and results.
On Secrecy Amplification Protocols - Extended Version
We review most important secrecy amplification protocols that are suitable for ad-hoc networks of devices with limited resources, providing additional resistance against various attacks on used cryptographic keys without necessity for asymmetric cryptography. We discuss and evaluate different designs as well as approaches to create new protocols. A special focus is given to suitability of these protocols with respect to different underlying key distribution schemes and also to open issues. This technical report provides details of our research that will be presented at the 9th WISTP International Conference on Information Security Theory and Practice (WISTP`2015), where a subset of this technical report will be published in this conference proceedings.
Improving Intrusion Detection Systems for Wireless Sensor Networks
A considerable amount of research has been undertaken in the field of intrusion detection in wireless sensor networks. Researchers proposed a number of relevant mechanisms, and it is not an easy task to select the right ones for a given application scenario. Even when a network operator knows what mechanism to use, it remains an open issue how to configure this particular mechanism in such a way that it is efficient for the particular needs. We propose a framework that optimizes the configuration of an intrusion detection system in terms of detection accuracy and memory usage. There is a variety of scenarios, and a single set of configuration values is not optimal for all of them. Therefore, we believe, such a framework is of a great value for a network operator who needs to optimize an intrusion detection system for his particular needs, e.g., attacker model, environment, node parameters.
Security of Biometric Authentication Systems -- Extended Version
This technical report outlines our views of actual security
Neighbor-Based Intrusion Detection for Wireless Sensor Networks
The neighbor-based detection technique explores the principle that sensor nodes situated spatially close to each other tend to have similar behavior. A node is considered malicious if its behavior significantly differs from its neighbors. The detection technique is localized, unsupervised and adapts to changing network dynamics. Although the technique is promising, it has not been deeply researched in the context of wireless sensor networks yet. In this technical report we analyze symptoms of different attacks for the applicability of the neighbor-based technique. The analysis shows that the technique can be used for detection of selective forwarding, jamming and hello flood attacks. We implemented an intrusion detection system which employs the neighbor-based detection technique. The system was designed for and works on the TinyOS operating system running the Collection tree protocol. We evaluated accuracy of the technique in detection of selective forwarding, jamming and hello flood attacks. The results show that the neighbor-based detection technique is highly accurate, especially in the case when collaboration among neighboring nodes is used.
Key Distribution and Secrecy Amplification in Wireless Sensor Networks
This report targets the area of wireless sensor networks, and in particular their security. Probabilistic key pre-distribution schemes were developed to deal with limited memory of a single node and high number of potential neighbours. We present a new idea of group support for authenticated key exchange that substantially increases the resilience of an underlaying probabilistic key pre-distribution scheme against the threat of node capturing.
Application-Level Firewall Protection Profile for High Robustness Environments-Initial Considerations
Firewalls act as access control policy mediators between networks.
Biometric Authentication Systems
Biometrics is the name of a security hype these days. Although biometrics are not completely new, they are becoming more and more popular nowadays. The first part of the technical report explains the principle of biometric systems and describes various biometric techniques. In the second part security issues of biometric systems are discussed.
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