Enhancing privacy of recent authentication schemes for low-cost RFID systems

Document Type: ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER

Authors

1 Information Systems and Security Lab (ISSL), Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

2 Faculty of Electrical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

3 ISSL Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

Nowadays Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems have appeared in lots of identification and authentication applications. In some sensitive applications, providing secure and confidential communication is very important for end-users. To this aim, different RFID authentication protocols have been proposed, which have tried to provide security and privacy of RFID users. In this paper, we analyze the privacy of two recently proposed RFID authentication protocols in 2012 and 2013. We present several traceability attacks including traceability, backward traceability and forward traceability against the first protocol. We also show that, the second protocol not only suffers from Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack, but also it is vulnerable to traceability and backward traceability attacks. We present our privacy analysis based on a well-known formal RFID privacy model which has been proposed by Ouafi and Phan in 2008. Then, in order to overcome the weaknesses, we apply some modifications on these protocols and propose two modified versions.

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