doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0174

Lightweight Authentication for Secure Automotive Networks

Philipp Mundhenk1,a, Sebastian Steinhorst1,b, Martin Lukasiewycz1,c, Suhaib A. Fahmy2 and Samarjit Chakraborty3

1TUM CREATE, Singapore.

2School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

3TU Munich, Germany.


We propose a framework to bridge the gap between secure authentication in automotive networks and on the internet. Our proposed framework allows runtime key exchanges with minimal overhead for resource-constrained in-vehicle networks. It combines symmetric and asymmetric cryptography to establish secure communication and enable secure updates of keys and software throughout the lifetime of the vehicle. For this purpose, we tailor authentication protocols for devices and authorization protocols for streams to the automotive domain. As a result, our framework natively supports multicast and broadcast communication. We show that our lightweight framework is able to initiate secure message streams fast enough to meet the real-time requirements of automotive networks.

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