Secure Communication Using Identity Based Encryption

Abstract : Secured communication has been widely deployed to guarantee confidentiality and integrity of connections over untrusted networks, e.g., the Internet. Although secure connections are designed to prevent attacks on the connection, they hide attacks inside the channel from being analyzed by Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). Furthermore, secure connections require a certain key exchange at the initialization phase, which is prone to Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks. In this paper, we present a new method to secure connection which enables Intrusion Detection and overcomes the problem of MITM attacks. We propose to apply Identity Based Encryption (IBE) to secure a communication channel. The key escrow property of IBE is used to recover the decryption key, decrypt network traffic on the fly, and scan for malicious content. As the public key can be generated based on the identity of the connected server and its exchange is not necessary, MITM attacks are not easy to be carried out any more. A prototype of a modified TLS scheme is implemented and proved with a simple client-server application. Based on this prototype, a new IDS sensor is developed to be capable of identifying IBE encrypted secure traffic on the fly. A deployment architecture of the IBE sensor in a company network is proposed. Finally, we show the applicability by a practical experiment and some preliminary performance measurements.
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Sebastian Roschke, Luan Ibraimi, Feng Cheng, Christoph Meinel. Secure Communication Using Identity Based Encryption. 11th IFIP TC 6/TC 11 International Conference on Communications and Multimedia Security (CMS), May 2010, Linz, Austria. pp.256-267, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-13241-4_23⟩. ⟨hal-01056374⟩

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