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JCP 2006 Vol.1(8): 27-35 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.4304/jcp.1.8.27-35

Password-authenticated key exchange using efficient MACs

Maurizio A. Strangio
1Department of Computer Science, Systems and Production, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, ITALY

Abstract—This paper is concerned with passwordauthenticated key agreement protocols. Designing such protocols represents an interesting challenge since there is no standard way of choosing a password that achieves an optimum trade-off between usability and security. Indeed, passwords belonging to a highly structured language are essentially equivalent to low entropy strings. A fundamental goal is that of obtaining secure and efficient protocols, with optimum computational complexity, round complexity and communication efficiency. These properties make them ideal candidates for mobile devices. We present DH-BPAKE1 which is an improved version of the protocol presented in previous work (DH-BPAKE). The construction builds upon the encrypted key exchange protocol of Bellovin and Merritt augmented with a key confirmation round based on the use of efficient message authentication codes. We discuss in detail the security properties of the two efficient message authentication schemes which form the basic building blocks of the protocol. In addition, we formally prove the security of protocol DH-BPAKE1 in a modified version of the model of Boyko et al..

Index Terms—key agreement protocols, password based authentication, message authentication scheme


Cite: Maurizio A. Strangio, "Password-authenticated key exchange using efficient MACs," Journal of Computers vol. 1, no.8, pp. 27-35, 2006.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-203X
Abbreviated Title: J.Comput.
Frequency: Bimonthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Liansheng Tan
Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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E-mail: jcp@iap.org
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