Protecting Domestic Power-Line Communications

Richard Newman, Sherman Gavette, Larry Yonge, Ross Anderson

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Abstract / Description of output

In this paper we describe the protection goals and mechanisms in HomePlug AV, a next-generation power-line communications standard. This is a fascinating case-history in security usability. There are also novel protocol issues; interactions with mechanisms at other layers; and opportunities for both researchers and third-party vendors to build on the mechanisms provided. The central problem -- being sure whether a device being enrolled in the network is the device you think, not a similar one nearby -- is not well solved by conventional mechanisms such as public-key infrastructures, but appears to require either very old-fashioned or very novel approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)1-59593-448-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-59593-448-2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2006
EventThe Second Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2006 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 12 Jul 200614 Jul 2006
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameSOUPS '06
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery


SymposiumThe Second Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2006
Abbreviated titleSOUPS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • authentication
  • security
  • power-line communication


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