Conference Paper

A mobile trusted computing architecture for a near field communication ecosystem

DOI: 10.1145/1497308.1497411 Conference: iiWAS'2008 - The Tenth International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications Services, 24-26 November 2008, Linz, Austria
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Near Field Communication (NFC) is a wireless communication technology to transfer data over distances of up to 10 cm. With this technology, a mobile device is capable of emulating smartcards for access, payment or loyalty. The benefits of a mobile device with NFC over an ordinary smartcard are the interaction and network capabilities of such a device. Thus there is the possibility to distributed smartcard applications through a data link to a mobile device, instead of issuing physical cards. The goal of this paper is to present a platform to securely manage smartcard applications in such NFC devices. Issuing of application in NFC devices is different in several stages compared to ordinary smartcards. With regard to security, there are different processes to be protected and new attack scenarios. In this paper functional aspects of such an architecture and the rolls of the instances participating are discussed. Although NFC allows a smooth interaction for the consumer, the infrastructure behind the scene is complex and requires the cooperation on different levels to ensure interoperability and of a thriving contactless scheme to be deployed. According to the concept, three different prototypes have been implemented to remotely manage the smartcard applications.

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    • "Furthermore, smart cards are used with TPMs to provide a secure and reliable architecture [26]. In relation to NFC, TPM and MTM have been proposed by [27] [28]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Near Field Communication (NFC)-based mobile phone services offer a lifeline to the under-appreciated multiapplication smart card initiative. The initiative could effectively replace heavy wallets full of smart cards for mundane tasks. However, the issue of the deployment model still lingers on. Possible approaches include, but are not restricted to, the User Centric Smart card Ownership Model (UCOM), GlobalPlatform Consumer Centric Model, and Trusted Service Manager (TSM). In addition, multiapplication smart card architecture can be a GlobalPlatform Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and/or User Centric Tamper-Resistant Device (UCTD), which provide cross-device security and privacy preservation platforms to their users. In the multiapplication smart card environment, there might not be a prior off-card trusted relationship between a smart card and an application provider. Therefore, as a possible solution to overcome the absence of prior trusted relationships, this paper proposes the Trusted Platform Manager (TPM) concept for smart cards (embedded devices) that can act as a point of reference for establishing the necessary trust between the device and an application provider, and among applications.
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    • "It allows us to transfer data within few centimeters. One of the advantages of NFC over other wireless technologies is simplicity (Madlmayr et al. 2008): transactions are initialized automatically after touching a reader, another NFC device or an NFC compliant transponder. Due to its simplicity, it has become a new and exciting area for practitioners, many NFC enabled applications and services are developed which are operating in three different modes; reader/writer, peer-to-peer and card emulation [58]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Near Field Communication (NFC) is one of the emerging and promising technological developments, provides means to short range contactless communication for mobile phones and other devices alike. NFC has become an attractive research area for many academics due to its exploding growth and its promising applications and related services. An understanding the current status of NFC research area is necessary to maintain the advancement of knowledge in NFC research and to identify the gap between theory and practice. In this paper, we present a literature review on NFC. To facilitate the analysis of the literature, we propose a research framework and organize the NFC literature into four major categories; theory and development, applications and services, infrastructure, ecosystem. This rigorous and holistic literature review with the objective of bringing to the state-of-art in NFC design science research provides advancement of knowledge in NFC research and further research directions.
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    ABSTRACT: The instance of the platform manger (PM) also referred to as trusted service manager (TSM) is vital for the Near Field Communication (NFC) ecosystem. Instead of issuing physical cards, the platform manager distributes the smartcard applications to the NFC devices over a wireless network. Therefore the platform manager has to meet high security standards like those of an ordinary smartcard issuer, producing, personalizing and distributing smartcards. As the applications are loaded post-issuing, the certification of these applications, like credit cards, is not yet possible. But front up a certification of the PM as well as the process is needed, to ensure availability and integrity of the service. This is the base requirement for the certification of the distributed applets. The first necessary step for a fruitful protection profile is a risk analysis of the infrastructure and components involved from a security point of view, which is provided to the readers of this paper.
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