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Lightweight Session Key Establishment for Android Platform Using ECC

  • Muneer Ahmad DarEmail author
  • Ummer Iqbal Khan
  • Syed Nisar Bukhari
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 41)

Abstract

Being the lightweight cryptographic technique, the elliptic curve cryptography is considered a suitable cryptography for resource-constraint devices like the small handheld devices called the smartphone. As the computational capabilities of these devices are much less, the elliptic curve cryptography is considered as a much better technique to secure the critical data of these devices. As these devices are always connected with Internet for mobile communications like Facebook, WhatsApp, etc., ensuring the security of these devices on a wireless communication channel is an ongoing challenge. A number of protocols have been proposed and implemented to secure the insecure wireless communication channel and check the authenticity of the user and integrity of messages communicated between the mobile devices. In this paper, we implement a robust and secure elliptic curve cryptography-based authentication to secure the communication between two communicating devices. Our research will demonstrate the implementation and analysis of elliptic curve cryptography on world’s leading smartphone operating system—Android. Being the open-source mobile operating system, we will explore the cryptographic libraries and enhance those libraries to implement the elliptic curve cryptography. The objective of this paper is to secure our mobile user from the threats which include snooping, alteration, replaying, and interruption of message transmission. Our proof of concept implementation includes two client Android applications, communicating with each other. We will establish a secure communication channel between the two devices by implementing the Elliptic Curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) algorithm. We also propose an improved ECDH algorithm which can protect our communication from the man-in-the-middle attack. The performance analysis of the improved algorithm is presented in this paper.

Keywords

Cryptography Authentication ECC Android ECDH 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muneer Ahmad Dar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ummer Iqbal Khan
    • 1
  • Syed Nisar Bukhari
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) SrinagarSrinagarIndia

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