A Practical Attack on the MIFARE Classic

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Provided by: Radboud University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
The MIFARE Classic is the most widely used contactless smart card in the market. Its design and implementation details are kept secret by its manufacturer. This paper studies the architecture of the card and the communication protocol between card and reader. Then it gives a practical, low-cost, attack that recovers secret information from the memory of the card. Due to a weakness in the pseudo-random generator, the authors are able to recover the key stream generated by the CRYPTO1 stream cipher.
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