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A Light Weight Enhancement to RC4 Based Security for Resource Constrained Wireless Devices

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A Light Weight Enhancement to RC4 Based Security for Resource Constrained Wireless Devices
The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) uses the 64 bit RC4 secret key stream cipher as its layer 2 security protocol. Although the underlying RC4 cipher is secure, the potential reuse of the same key stream by different frames is a weakness in the WEP. One enhancement to WEP is the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), which acts as a wrapper to the WEP protocol and uses a 128 bit RC4 encryption to eliminate the possibility of key reuse within a given session. However, TKIP cannot be gainfully employed in devices where the 64 bit RC4 encryption is hardwired. Also, with 128 bit encryption TKIP can secure 1030 frames per session. Comparing this to the typical number of frames per session (500-1000), it is easy to see that the use of a 128 bit key causes unnecessary drain of power. The Wifi Protected Access (WPA), uses a 128 bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cipher in the Counter-Mode-CBC-MAC Protocol (CCMP). This protocol requires higher computational power than the TKIP and is onl...
Chetan Nanjunda Mathur, K. P. Subbalakshmi
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Updated 15 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2007
Where IJNSEC
Authors Chetan Nanjunda Mathur, K. P. Subbalakshmi
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