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Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security

A Study on Applying White-Box Cryptography to Secure Drone Delivery Services

Principal Investigator: Elisa Bertino

Over recent years, drones are increasingly being used for delivery services. Amazon will soon start a new delivery method, Amazon Prime Air, which would offer 30-minute deliveries using drone-like octocopters. However, drones, as many computing devices, are vulnerable to malicious attacks such as impersonation, manipulation and interception. Moreover, since drones may move around in unattended hostile areas, they are vulnerable to physical capture. Recently, a drone-hijacking program called SkyJack showed that a target Parrot drone can be hijacked and become a zombie drone under attacker’s control. It is thus critical to address security requirements, such as authentication, authorization, non-repudiation, confidentiality and integrity, in order to protect drone delivery systems. This project focuses on demonstrating a drone prototype with white-box AES for protecting a secret key from a key-recovery attack.

 

Personnel

Students: Jongho Won

Keywords: delivery services, drones, whitebox cryptography