Unformatted text preview: s. Key management is also simple; only the two endpoints of the line need a common key, and they can change their key independently from the rest of the network. Figure 10.1 Link encryption. Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. To access the contents, click the chapter and section titles. Applied Cryptography, Second Edition: Protocols, Algorthms, and Source Code in C (cloth)
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----------- Imagine a synchronous communications line, encrypted using 1-bit CFB. After initialization, the line can run indefinitely, recovering automatically from bit or synchronization errors. The line encrypts whenever messages are sent from one end to the other; otherwise it just encrypts and decrypts random data. Eve has no idea when messages are being sent and when they are not; she has no idea when messages begin and end. All she sees is an endless stream of random-looking bits. If the communications line is asynchronous, the same 1-bit CFB mode can be used. The difference is that the adversary can get information about the rate of transmission. If this information must be concealed, make some provision for passing dummy messages during idle times. The biggest problem with encryption at the physical layer is that each physical link in the network needs to be encrypted: Leaving any link unencrypted jeopardizes the security of the entire network. If the network is large, the cost may quickly become prohibitive for this kind of encryption. Additionally, every node in the network m...
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