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Hiding in Groups: On the Expressiveness of Privacy Distributions

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Hiding in Groups: On the Expressiveness of Privacy Distributions
Many applications inherently disclose information because perfect privacy protection is prohibitively expensive. RFID tags, for example, cannot be equipped with the cryptographic primitives needed to completely shield their information from unauthorized reads. All known privacy protocols that scale to the anticipated sizes of RFID systems achieve at most modest levels of protection. Previous analyses found the protocols to have weak privacy, but relied on simplifying attacker models and did not provide insights into how to improve privacy. We introduce a new general way to model privacy through probability distributions, that capture how much information is leaked by different users of a system. We use this metric to examine information leakage for an RFID tag from the a scalable privacy protocol and from a timing side channel that is observable through the tag's random number generator. To increase the privacy of the protocol, we combine our results with a new model for rational ...
Karsten Nohl, David Evans
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Updated 30 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where SEC
Authors Karsten Nohl, David Evans
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