Visible to the public Hardware Security Threats Against Bluetooth Mesh Networks

TitleHardware Security Threats Against Bluetooth Mesh Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAdomnicai, A., Fournier, J. J. A., Masson, L.
Conference Name2018 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS)
Keywordsauthentication, BLE networks, BLE technology, Bluetooth, bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth mesh, Bluetooth mesh networks, Bluetooth special interest group, composability, cryptographic protocols, Encryption, hardware security, hardware security threats, Internet of Things, Mesh networks, mesh topology, Metrics, Network topology, physical attacks, pubcrawl, resilience, security protocol, smartphone platforms, wireless mesh networks
AbstractBecause major smartphone platforms are equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities, more and more smart devices have adopted BLE technologies to communicate with smartphones. In order to support the mesh topology in BLE networks, several proposals have been designed. Among them, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) recently released a specification for Bluetooth mesh networks based upon BLE technology. This paper focuses on this standard solution and analyses its security protocol with hardware security in mind. As it is expected that internet of things (IoT) devices will be deployed everywhere, the risk of physical attacks must be assessed. First, we provide a comprehensive survey of the security features involved in Bluetooth mesh. Then, we introduce some physical attacks identified as serious threats for the IoT and discuss their relevance in the case of Bluetooth mesh networks. Finally, we briefly discuss possible countermeasures to reach a secure implementation.
Citation Keyadomnicai_hardware_2018