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A secure protocol using 6DP for quantum authentication and hash functions for key distribution (KDP-6DP)

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4 Author(s)
Al-Khateeb, K. ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., Int. Islamic Univ. Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; Saeb, M.M. ; Majeed, M.M.A. ; Wahiddin, M.R.

Security is the most tedious problem in highly sensitive communications. Quantum security is the key issue in solving the problem. A key distribution protocol based on the use of hash functions is proposed. The essential part of the protocol depends on sending a string of random characters from sender to receiver. Then, a selected hash or a cascade of two hash functions and a long-term shared secret are used to construct the key. Consequently, the session key is generated on-site by independently applying a hash function on the random string at the sender and receiver sides. However, this protocol requires a reliable method of authentication. Therefore, it is further proposed to use an out-of-band authentication methodology based on the deterministic six-state quantum protocol that is referred to as 6DP.

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Computer and Communication Engineering (ICCCE), 2010 International Conference on

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11-12 May 2010