Recently, Lu et al. discussed a user authentication scheme for session initiation protocol(SIP) using elliptic curve cryptography (ECC). In this paper, we cryptanalyze this scheme and find that it is not resistant to the insider attack besides user anonymity. We improve this scheme by overcoming its weaknesses. We show using the Burrows-Abadi-Needham (BAN) logic that our scheme offers mutual authentication. We examine the security of our scheme informally to show that it is secured against various known attacks. Our scheme is more secured than the other related schemes (Lu et al., Inf Techno Control 45(4):393–400, 2016; Arshad and Ikram, Multimed Tools Appl 66(2):165–178, 2013; Kumari et al., Peer-to-Peer Netw Appl 10(1):92–105, 2017; Chaudhry et al., Peer-to-Peer Netw Appl 10(1):1–15, 2017).


Authentication user anonymity insider attack session initiation protocol elliptic curve cryptography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Devender Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information TechnologyNSITNew DelhiIndia

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