On the Security of the Pre-Shared Key Ciphersuites of TLS

Yong Li, Sven Schäge, Zheng Yang, Florian Kohlar, Jörg Schwenk

In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Practice and Theory in Public-Key Cryptography (PKC), 2014


TLS is by far the most important protocol on the internet for negotiating secure session keys and providing authentication. Only very recently, the standard ciphersuites of TLS have been shown to provide provably secure guarantees under a new notion called Authenticated and Confidential Channel Establishment (ACCE) introduced by Jager et al. at CRYPTO'12. In this work, we analyse the variants of TLS that make use of pre-shared keys (TLS-PSK). In various environments, TLS-PSK is an interesting alternative for remote authentication between servers and constrained clients like smart cards, for example for mobile phone authentication, EMV-based payment transactions or authentication via electronic ID cards. First, we introduce a new and strong definition of ACCE security that covers protocols with pre-shared keys. Next, we prove that all ciphersuite families of TLS-PSK meet our strong notion of ACCE security. Our results do not rely on random oracles nor on any non-standard assumption.


Tags: acce, provable security, TLS