Lightweight Authentication for Bluetooth

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Henric Johnson
Title: Lightweight Authentication for Bluetooth
Conference name: ICMU
Year: 2004
City: Yokusuka
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Telecommunication Systems (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för telekommunikationssystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Authentication of Bluetooth devices on a per-packet basis is a challenging
research problem since it is a low power technology with limited computational resources and storage capacity.
In this paper, we describe a lightweight per-packet authentication protocol well suited for Bluetooth's constrained
environment. The proposed authentication protocol is presented with one bit for authentication but could with facility
be extended to
$k$ bits for a higher security level. Since packets might be lost due to a bad wireless channel or an attack, the protocol needs to
be robust and not lose synchronization of the authentication bits. A detailed description of a
synchronization algorithm is presented and evaluated via simulation and analysis.
Subject: Telecommunications\General
Telecommunications\Network Security