CARDIS '02 Abstract
Security Analysis of Smartcard to Card Reader Communications for Biometric
Luciano Rila and Chris J. Mitchell, University of
The use of biometrics, and fingerprint recognition in
particular, for cardholder authentication in smartcard systems is growing in popularity. In such
a biometrics-based cardholder authentication system, sensitive data may be transferred between the
smartcard and the card reader. In this paper we
identify and classify possible threats to the communications link between card and card reader during
cardholder authentication. We also analyse the impact of these threats. We consider five different architectures and use the threat analysis to indicate
the relative security of the various possible architectures.
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