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Security Scheme Based on Parameter Hiding Technic for Mobile Communication in a Secure Cyber World

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), 232 Gongneung-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01811, Korea
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Convergence Laboratory, KT Research and Development Center, 151 Taebong-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06763, Korea
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Soongsil University, 369 Sangdo-Ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 06978, Korea
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Academic Editor: Young-Sik Jeong
Symmetry 2016, 8(10), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym8100106
Received: 6 September 2016 / Revised: 21 September 2016 / Accepted: 2 October 2016 / Published: 17 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Secure Cyber World)
Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) support a better data transmission service than 3G dose and are globally commercialized technologies in a cyber world that is essential for constructing a future mobile environment, since network traffics have exponentially increased as people have started to use more than just one mobile device. However, when User Equipment (UE) is executing initial attach processes to access LTE networks, there is a vulnerability in which identification parameters like International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and Radio Network Temporary Identities (RNTI) are transmitted as plain texts. It can threat various services that are commercialized therewith in a cyber world. Therefore, a security scheme is proposed in this paper where identification parameters can be securely transmitted and hidden in four cases where initial attach occurs between UE and Mobility Management Entity (MME). The proposed security scheme not only supports encrypted transmission of identification parameters but also mutual authentication between Evolved Node B (eNB) and MME to make a secure cyber world. Additionally, performance analysis results using an OPNET simulator showed the satisfaction of the average delay rate that is specified in LTE standards. View Full-Text
Keywords: initial attach; mutual authentication; LTE; hiding technic; session management initial attach; mutual authentication; LTE; hiding technic; session management
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Park, J.H.; Kim, H.; Kang, J. Security Scheme Based on Parameter Hiding Technic for Mobile Communication in a Secure Cyber World. Symmetry 2016, 8, 106.

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