CCM-R: Secure Counter Synchronization for IoT Wireless Link

Upal Roy, Jiachen Yin, Birger Andersen

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    In this paper we propose and evaluate a new version of the CCM mode of operation, CCM-R, which isan extended and alternate version of the original CBC-MAC with Counter Mode(CCM) that was created to address the problem of counter synchronization. While CCM is considered secure when used/implemented correctly, it is still vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks where packages in the streamare removed or modified with the purpose of destabilizing the synchronization of the counter states. Another possible way it can be destabilised is through random loss of packets due to noise or weak signals on wireless link. Therefore, in order to solve this problem, we have proposed a solution where we have embedded a secure counter synchronization approach into the original CCM mode of operation. The approach makes it immune to package loss and DoS attacks. The overhead is also kept at a minimum, making it suitable for low-power wireless IoT devices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Global Wireless Summit
    Number of pages5
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Electronic)9788793609297
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventGlobal Wireless Summit (GWS 2016) - Aarhus, Denmark
    Duration: 27 Nov 201630 Nov 2016


    ConferenceGlobal Wireless Summit (GWS 2016)


    • CCM-R
    • IoT wireless link
    • CCM
    • Counter synchronization
    • Network Security


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