[OWASP-Ireland] Say hello to the RFID virus - Hype, who knows ?

Chris Madden chris.madden at trintech.com
Thu Mar 16 06:11:13 EST 2006

Interesting article (with equally sensationalist title) and paper on RFID

"Cellphone could crack RFID tags, says cryptographer"

Shamir (who put the S in RSA) used power analysis attacks to determine RFID
passwords. Power analysis attacks became more mainstream in 1998 when used
to attack smartcards. There's a seminal paper on this by Paul Kocher.
Fault attacks would probably be successful against RFID tags also.

The easiest way to increase RFID tag security would be to borrow technology
from smartcard security. However, given that RFID tags are generally very
low cost items, it may not make financial sense to increase their security. 
So, RFID tags should be recognized as low/no security items and treated as

"RFID Systems and Security and Privacy Implications"


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> Hype? Perhaps
> Experts unconcerned by RFID virus
> http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2152020/experts-unconcerned-rfid-vir
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