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Mir, Omid, Mayrhofer, René, Hölzl, Michael, Nguyen, Thanh-Binh.  2018.  Recovery of Encrypted Mobile Device Backups from Partially Trusted Cloud Servers. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security. :38:1-38:10.

Including electronic identities (eIDs), such as passports or driving licenses in smartphones transforms them into a single point of failure: loss, theft, or malfunction would prevent their users even from identifying themselves e.g. during travel. Therefore, a secure backup of such identity data is paramount, and an obvious solution is to store encrypted backups on cloud servers. However, the critical challenge is how a user decrypts the encrypted data backup if the user's device gets lost or stolen and there is no longer a secure storage (e.g. smartphone) to keep the secret key. To address this issue, Password-Protected Secret Sharing (PPSS) schemes have been proposed which allow a user to store a secret key among n servers such that the user can later reconstruct the secret key. Unfortunately, PPSS schemes are not appropriate for some applications. For example, users will be highly unlikely to remember a cryptographically strong password when the smartphone is lost. Also, they still suffer from inefficiency. In this paper, we propose a new secret key reconstruction protocol based recently popular PPSS schemes with a Fuzzy Extractor which allows a client to recover secret keys from an only partially trusted server and an auxiliary device using multiple key shares and a biometric identifier. We prove the security of our proposed protocol in the random oracle model where the parties can be corrupted separately at any time. An initial performance analysis shows that it is efficient for this use case. 

Hintze, Daniel, Koch, Eckhard, Scholz, Sebastian, Mayrhofer, René.  2016.  Location-based Risk Assessment for Mobile Authentication. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct. :85–88.

Mobile devices offer access to our digital lives and thus need to be protected against the risk of unauthorized physical access by applying strong authentication, which in turn adversely affects usability. The actual risk, however, depends on dynamic factors like day and time. In this paper we discuss the idea of using location-based risk assessment in combination with multi-modal biometrics to adjust the level of authentication necessary to the situational risk of unauthorized access.