16th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference
December 11-15, 2000
New Orleans, Louisiana

An High-Speed ECC-based Wireless Authentication Protocol on an ARM Microprocessor

M. Aydos, T. Yanik & C. K. Koc
Oregon State University

In this paper, we present the results of our implementation of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) over the field $GF(p)$ on an 80-MHz, 32-bit ARM microprocessor. We have produced a practical software library which supports variable length implementation of the elliptic curve digital signature algorithm (ECDSA). We implemented the ECDSA and a recently proposed ECC-based wireless authentication protocol using the library. Our timing results show that the 160-bit ECDSA signature generation and verification operations take around 46 ms and 94 ms, respectively. With these timings, the execution of the ECC-based wireless authentication protocol takes around 140 ms on the ARM7TDMI processor, which is a widely used, low-power core processor for wireless applications.

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