Preventing man-in-the-middle attack in Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol

Khader, Aqeel Sahi and Lai, David (2015) Preventing man-in-the-middle attack in Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol. In: 22nd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT2015) , 27-29 April 2015, Sydney, Australia.


The acceleration in developments in communication technology has led to a consequent increase in the vulnerability of data due to penetration attacks. These attacks often came from outside where non-qualified companies develop IT projects. Cryptography can offer high levels of security but has recently shown vulnerabilities such as the man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack in areas of key exchange protocols, especially in the Diffie-Hellman (DH) protocol. Firstly, this paper presents an overview of MITM attacks targeted at the DH protocol then discusses some of the shortcomings of current defenses. A proposed method to secure DH, which helps secure systems against MITM attacks, is then presented. This method involves the use of Geffe generation of binary sequences. The use of Geffe generator offers high levels of randomness. Data hashed and encrypted using this proposed method will be so difficult to intercept and decrypt without the appropriate keys. This offers high levels of security and helps prevent MITM attacks.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 03:56
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: public key; random number generation; data security; cryptography; message authentication; digital signatures
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080303 Computer System Security

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