Title: A novel quantum distributed key management protocol for ring-organised group

Authors: Rima Djellab; Mohamed Benmohammed

Addresses: Computer Science Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, University of Batna 2, 53 Canstantine's Road, Batna, Algeria ' Department of Software Technologies and Information Systems, Faculty of New Technologies of Information and Communication, University Constantine2, Nouvelle ville Ali Mendjli, BP: 67A, Constantine, Algeria

Abstract: Key distribution is a core building block for secure communication. In group communication, key distribution is not a simple extension of two-party communication. Many approaches were proposed in the classical field. Nevertheless, they are still based on the assumption that some computational problems are hard. Based on quantum mechanics lows, new field emerges allowing to generate and share a secret and secure key between two, or more, participants. In this paper, we propose new multiparty key distribution protocol in ring-organised communication group based on the well-known quantum key distribution protocol BB84. The security of the proposed solution is based on the unconditional security of the BB84 allowed by the mechanics lows and the mathematical proved secure operation XOR. In our proposed solution, each participant collaborates with a partial key in order to obtain at the end of the protocol the same group key that can be used for encryption aims. We also analyse and verify security properties of the proposed protocol. This is done using a probabilistic symbolic model-checker, the PRISM tool.

Keywords: BB84; group communication; key agreement; key management; PRISM model-checker; quantum key distribution; QKD; QKD in group; security; verification.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICS.2017.087563

International Journal of Information and Computer Security, 2017 Vol.9 No.4, pp.302 - 323

Received: 08 Dec 2015
Accepted: 03 Jun 2016

Published online: 11 Oct 2017 *

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