MICSS: A realistic multichannel secrecy protocol

Devin J. Pohly, Patrick McDaniel

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Flaws in cryptosystem implementations, such as the Heartbleed bug, render common confidentiality mechanisms ineffective. Defending in depth when this happens would require a different means of providing confidentiality, which could then be layered with existing cryptosystems. This paper presents MICSS, a network protocol which uses multichannel secret sharing rather than encryption to protect data confidentiality. The MICSS protocol ensures perfect secrecy against an (n-1)-channel attacker and operates at line speed in a three-channel throughput benchmark. MICSS provides a practical means of securing network communications, and it layers seamlessly with cryptosystems to mitigate the effects of implementation flaws.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479959525
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event58th IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2015Dec 10 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2015


Other58th IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Communication


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