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Sensors 2017, 17(6), 1334;

Security-Enhanced Push Button Configuration for Home Smart Control

School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Korea Aerospace University, 76 Hanggongdaehang-ro, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 412-791, Korea
Department of Robotics Engineering, Hanyang University, 55 Hanyangdaehak-ro, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do 15588, Korea
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV), Sydney, Australia, 6–8 February 2013.
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Academic Editors: Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Hemant Ghayvat and Nagender Kumar Suryadevara
Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 1 June 2017 / Accepted: 1 June 2017 / Published: 8 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Home Automation and Security)
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With the emergence of smart and converged home services, the need for the secure and easy interplay of various devices has been increased. Push Button Configuration (PBC) is one of the technologies proposed for easy set-up of a secure session between IT and consumer devices. Although the Wi-Fi Direct specification explicitly states that all devices must support the PBC method, its applicability is very limited. This is because the security vulnerability of PBC can be maliciously exploited so that attackers can make illegitimate sessions with consumer devices. To address this problem, this paper proposes a novel Security-enhanced PBC (SePBC) scheme with which we can uncover suspicious or malicious devices. The proposed mechanism has several unique features. First, we develop a secure handshake distance measurement protocol by preventing an adversary sitting outside the region from maliciously manipulating its distance to be fake. Second, it is compatible with the original Wi-Fi PBC without introducing a brand-new methodology. Finally, SePBC uses lightweight operations without CPU-intensive cryptography computation and employs inexpensive H/W. Moreover, it needs to incur little overhead when there is no attack. This paper also designs and implements the proposed SePBC in the real world. Our experimental results and analysis show that the proposed SePBC scheme effectively defeats attacks on PBC while minimizing the modification of the original PBC equipment. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home; security; push button configuration; Wi-Fi; wireless protected setup smart home; security; push button configuration; Wi-Fi; wireless protected setup

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