Attacks on Fixed Apparatus Quantum Key Distribution Schemes

  • Michel Boyer
  • Ran Gelles
  • Tal Mor
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7505)


We consider quantum key distribution implementations in which the receiver’s apparatus is fixed and does not depend on a choice of basis at each qubit transmission. We show that, although theoretical quantum key distribution (QKD) is proven secure, such implementations are totally insecure against a strong eavesdropper that has a one-time (single) access to the receiver’s equipment. The attack we present here, the “fixed-apparatus attack” causes a potential risk to the usefulness of several recent QKD implementations.


Quantum Key Distribution Security Implementation loopholes Quantum Cryptography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Boyer
    • 1
  • Ran Gelles
    • 2
  • Tal Mor
    • 3
  1. 1.Département IROUniversité de Montréal (Québec)Canada
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Computer Science DepartmentTechnionHaifaIsrael

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