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Entropy 2015, 17(7), 4940-4958;

Identity Authentication over Noisy Channels

Department of Communication Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Research Institute of Information Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
State Key Laboratory on Microwave and Digital Communications, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Academic Editors: James Park and Wanlei Zhou
Received: 7 April 2015 / Revised: 14 June 2015 / Accepted: 9 July 2015 / Published: 14 July 2015
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Identity authentication is the process of verifying users’ validity. Unlike classical key-based authentications, which are built on noiseless channels, this paper introduces a general analysis and design framework for identity authentication over noisy channels. Specifically, the authentication scenarios of single time and multiple times are investigated. For each scenario, the lower bound on the opponent’s success probability is derived, and it is smaller than the classical identity authentication’s. In addition, it can remain the same, even if the secret key is reused. Remarkably, the Cartesian authentication code proves to be helpful for hiding the secret key to maximize the secrecy performance. Finally, we show a potential application of this authentication technique. View Full-Text
Keywords: identification; authentication; information theoretic security; physical-layer security; wiretap channel identification; authentication; information theoretic security; physical-layer security; wiretap channel
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Zheng, F.; Xiao, Z.; Zhou, S.; Wang, J.; Huang, L. Identity Authentication over Noisy Channels. Entropy 2015, 17, 4940-4958.

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