Implementation of Password Management System Using Ternary Addressable PUF Generator

Mohammad Mohammadinodoushan, Bertrand Cambou, Christopher Philabaum, David Hely, D. Duane Booher

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

One of the crucial cyber-attacks which has been reported is hacking the databases of users' identification and passwords. Surprisingly, the typical procedure in most networks is the saving of passwords or password hashes in the look-up tables, which can be accessed later via the identification of each user. This paper seeks to find a remedy to this problem by adding a hardware security layer to the hash function-based password management systems. Also, the hardware security module, which is utilized as a solution in this paper, accelerates the computationally intense cryptographic operations. Addressable PUF Generator (APG) is utilized as a hardware layer. A significant problem with PUFs, i.e., the instability of their responses, is addressed in this paper. Ternary APG is implemented by using the ternary PUFs to solve this problem. The architecture takes advantage of known technology modules such as SRAM PUFs, hash functions, and microcontrollers. Furthermore, the protocol is used as a solution in this paper does not need saving passwords or hash of passwords. To the best of our knowledge, this paper presents the first prototype implementation of ternary APG usage in the password management system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking, SECON 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781728112077
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking, SECON 2019 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2019Jun 13 2019

Publication series

NameAnnual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks workshops
Volume2019-June
ISSN (Print)2155-5486
ISSN (Electronic)2155-5494

Conference

Conference16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking, SECON 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period6/10/196/13/19

Keywords

  • APG
  • hash functions
  • password management
  • SRAM
  • ternary PUFs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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