Secure communication between STB and smart card in IPTV broadcasting

Song Hee Lee, Nam Sup Park, Jin Young Choi

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In internet protocol television (IPTV) broadcasting, service providers charge subscribing fee by scrambling the program with conditional access system (CAS) using control words (CWs). Smart card is used to decrypt the CWs and transfer them back to set-top box (STB) to descramble the scrambled program. Secure communication between STB and smart card is closely related with the benefit of service providers and the legal rights of users. In addition, secure key exchange with mutual authentication in the communication between STB and smart card is an essential part of secure communication that will significantly improve the security of the system. To provide secure communication with mutual authentication in IPTV broadcasting, there are several schemes. The schemes proposed secure and efficient method for the communication between STB and smart card. Unfortunately, the schemes still have some security flaws. In this chapter, we review that the previous schemes are vulnerable to several attacks. Further, we recommend some modifications to the schemes to correct these security flaws.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Science Research and Technology
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781619428225
ISBN (Print)9781617286889
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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