PEAR, my first publication!

During my time at school, I participate in research. I have been doing this since freshman year, and have been co-author on a few papers, but have never been lead author. Well, that is now changing.

Yesterday, I submitted a paper to the 2010 ACM DIM (Digital Identity Management) workshop. My paper was  about a project I have been working on the last semester. I used several different things in my projects, some of which I have written about before. Rather than try to explain the project now, I will show you the abstract. I’ll post the full paper once it is either officially accepted or rejected.

PEAR: A Hardware Based Protocol Authentication System

As users have to manage an increasing number of ac-
counts, they have to balance password security and pass-
word usability. As such, many users use insecure pass-
words resulting in their accounts and data being vulnerable
to unauthorized accesses. In this paper, we present Phys-
ically Enhanced Authentication Ring, or PEAR, a system
that alleviates this problem. We leverage Physically Un-
clonable Functions (PUF) to create unclonable hardware
devices, which users use to authenticate. Using a hardware
device, our system uses zero-knowledge proofs, which pro-
vide better security than traditional passwords, yet users
must only enter a simple PIN. As such, our system is very
usable and imposes little to no burden on end users and
service providers. We present transaction levels on top of
PEAR of as an extension and then discuss some other work
that could be done in the future.

I got a ton of help and feedback from the other authors of the paper, Michael Kirkpatrick and Elisa Bertino, which I greatly appreciate. We used the name PEAR since it provides a lot of opportunities for cool logos and graphics.

About samkerr

I'm an eclectic person. I like to dabble in a multitude of things. I'm sure you'll find my blog reflects that.
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