Physically unclonable function (PUF) is an embedded hardware-based function in a device and cannot be cloned or reproduced on another device. Due to its unclonability, the PUF has been one of the hot issues in IoT devices over pervasive communication network. Recently, there have been attempts to combine a password with an input of PUF for more efficient authentication over insecure communication. In this paper, we firstly raise a question that “Is it really secure if a password is used for an input of PUF?”. Up to now, to the best of our knowledge, only two password-based PUF authentications have been introduced in the literature. We revisit two schemes in view of an off-line password guessing attack. Under a practical PUF assumption, however, we observe that two protocols are susceptible to an off-line dictionary attack. We also present a quite simple but powerful countermeasure.
- Password guessing attack
- Physical unclonable function
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering