Security and Privacy in Communication Networks. 8th International ICST Conference, SecureComm 2012, Padua, Italy, September 3-5, 2012. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Towards a Framework for Evaluating the Security of Physical-Layer Identification Systems

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_20,
        author={Ryan Gerdes and Mani Mina and Thomas Daniels},
        title={Towards a Framework for Evaluating the Security of Physical-Layer Identification Systems},
        proceedings={Security and Privacy in Communication Networks. 8th International ICST Conference, SecureComm 2012, Padua, Italy, September 3-5, 2012. Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={SECURECOMM},
        year={2013},
        month={2},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_20}
    }
    
  • Ryan Gerdes
    Mani Mina
    Thomas Daniels
    Year: 2013
    Towards a Framework for Evaluating the Security of Physical-Layer Identification Systems
    SECURECOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_20
Ryan Gerdes1,*, Mani Mina2,*, Thomas Daniels2,*
  • 1: Utah State University
  • 2: Iowa State University
*Contact email: ryan.gerdes@usu.edu, mmina@iastate.edu, daniels@iastate.edu

Abstract

In recent years researchers have shown that the analogue signalling behaviour of digital devices can be used for identification and monitoring purposes. The basic postulate of these so-called physical-layer identification (PLI) approaches is that devices are sufficiently variable in their behaviour to be distinguishable and that an attacker would be unable to adequately emulate this behaviour. Recent work, however, has shown that at least some PLI implementations can be defeated using electronic equipment capable of generating arbitrarily shaped signals known as arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs).