Networking

Expected Loss Analysis of Thresholded Authentication Protocols in Noisy Conditions

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Executive Summary

A number of authentication protocols have been proposed recently, where at least some part of the authentication is performed during a phase, lasting n rounds, with no error correction. This requires assigning an acceptable threshold for the number of detected errors. This paper describes a framework enabling an expected loss analysis for all the protocols in this family. Furthermore, computationally simple methods to obtain nearly optimal value of the threshold, as well as for the number of rounds is suggested. Finally, a method to adaptively select both the number of rounds and the threshold is proposed.

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