MICSS: A Realistic Multichannel Secrecy Protocol


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.

DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2014.7417268

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@inproceedings{Pohly2015MICSSAR, title={MICSS: A Realistic Multichannel Secrecy Protocol}, author={Devin J. Pohly and Patrick D. McDaniel}, booktitle={GLOBECOM}, year={2015} }