Mutual anonymous communications: A new covert channel based on splitting tree MAC

Wang Zhenghong, Deng Jing, Ruby B. Lee

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Abstract

Known covert channel based on splitting algorithms in Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols requires the receiver's knowledge of the sender's identity. In this paper we present a new covert channel that does not have this restriction. In such a channel, multiple senders may operate independently without knowing each other, and the receiver can learn the transmitted information without knowing the identity of any covert sender a priori. These properties make the channel robust to malfunctioning senders, and more importantly help protect the secrecy of senders' identity which is essential for covert communications. We also analyze the capacity of our proposed covert channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM 2007
Subtitle of host publication26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
Pages2531-2535
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 4 2007
EventIEEE INFOCOM 2007: 26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: May 6 2007May 12 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X

Other

OtherIEEE INFOCOM 2007: 26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period5/6/075/12/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Covert channels
  • Medium access control
  • Security

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    Zhenghong, W., Jing, D., & Lee, R. B. (2007). Mutual anonymous communications: A new covert channel based on splitting tree MAC. In Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM 2007: 26th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (pp. 2531-2535). [4215897] (Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM). https://doi.org/10.1109/INFCOM.2007.315