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2017-04-03
Zenger, Christian T., Zimmer, Jan, Pietersz, Mario, Driessen, Benedikt, Paar, Christof.  2016.  Constructive and Destructive Aspects of Adaptive Wormholes for the 5G Tactile Internet. Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Security & Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks. :109–120.

In this work, we constructively combine adaptive wormholes with channel-reciprocity based key establishment (CRKE), which has been proposed as a lightweight security solution for IoT devices and might be even more important for the 5G Tactile Internet and its embedded low-end devices. We present a new secret key generation protocol where two parties compute shared cryptographic keys under narrow-band multi-path fading models over a delayed digital channel. The proposed approach furthermore enables distance-bounding the key establishment process via the coherence time dependencies of the wireless channel. Our scheme is thoroughly evaluated both theoretically and practically. For the latter, we used a testbed based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and performed extensive experiments in a real-world manufacturing environment. Additionally, we demonstrate adaptive wormhole attacks (AWOAs) and their consequences on several physical-layer security schemes. Furthermore, we proposed a countermeasure that minimizes the risk of AWOAs.