Cryptanalysis on authenticated semi-quantum key distribution protocol using Bell states

  • A. Meslouhi
  • Y. Hassouni


Recently, Yu et al. (Quantum Inf Process 13(6):1457–1465, 2014) proposed the first semi-quantum scheme without the need of a classical channel to generate a secret key, while employing a “master key” and the entanglement properties of Bell states. This study points out a vulnerability that allows a malicious person to recover a partial master key and to launch a successful Man-In-The-Middle attack. Accordingly, we present the most likely leakage information scenarios where an outside attacker affects the security of the proposed protocol.


Semi-quantum sharing information Quantum communication security Quantum attacks Quantum cryptography Cryptanalysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Département de Physique, Faculté des SciencesUniversité Mohammed V - AgdalAgdal, RabatMorocco

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