• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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AKA-PLA: Enhanced AKA Based on Physical Layer Authentication

Vol. 11, No. 7, July 30, 2017
10.3837/tiis.2017.07.024, Download Paper (Free):


Existing authentication mechanisms in cellular mobile communication networks are realized in the upper layer by employing cryptographic techniques. Authentication data are broadcasted over the air in plaintext, enabling attackers to completely eavesdrop on the authentication and get some information about the shared secret key between legitimate nodes. Therefore, reusing the same secret key to authenticate several times results in the secret key’s information leakage and high attacking rate. In this paper, we consider the most representative authentication mechanism, Authentication and Key Agreement (AKA), in cellular communication networks and propose an enhanced AKA scheme based on Physical Layer Authentication (AKA-PLA). Authentication responses generated by AKA are no longer transmitted in plaintext but masked by wireless channel characteristics, which are not available to adversaries, to generate physical layer authentication responses by a fault-tolerant hash method. The authenticator sets the threshold according to the authentication requirement and channel condition, further verifies the identity of the requester based on the matching result of the physical layer authentication responses. The performance analyses show that the proposed scheme can achieve lower false alarm rate and missing rate, which are a pair of contradictions, than traditional AKA. Besides, it is well compatible with AKA.


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[IEEE Style]
J. Yang, X. Ji, K. Huang, M. Yi, Y. Chen, "AKA-PLA: Enhanced AKA Based on Physical Layer Authentication," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 3747-3765, 2017. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2017.07.024.

[ACM Style]
Jing Yang, Xinsheng Ji, Kaizhi Huang, Ming Yi, and Yajun Chen. 2017. AKA-PLA: Enhanced AKA Based on Physical Layer Authentication. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 11, 7, (2017), 3747-3765. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2017.07.024.

[BibTeX Style]
@article{tiis:21514, title="AKA-PLA: Enhanced AKA Based on Physical Layer Authentication", author="Jing Yang and Xinsheng Ji and Kaizhi Huang and Ming Yi and Yajun Chen and ", journal="KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems", DOI={10.3837/tiis.2017.07.024}, volume={11}, number={7}, year="2017", month={July}, pages={3747-3765}}