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REVIEW: "Bluetooth Security", Christian Gehrmann/Joakim Persson/Ben Smeets

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    BKBLTSEC.RVW 20040622 Bluetooth Security , Christian Gehrmann/Joakim Persson/Ben Smeets, 2004, 1-58053-504-6, U$79.00/C$114.95 %A Christian Gehrmann %A
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2004
      BKBLTSEC.RVW 20040622

      "Bluetooth Security", Christian Gehrmann/Joakim Persson/Ben Smeets,
      2004, 1-58053-504-6, U$79.00/C$114.95
      %A Christian Gehrmann
      %A Joakim Persson
      %A Ben Smeets
      %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
      %D 2004
      %G 1-58053-504-6
      %I Artech House/Horizon
      %O U$79.00/C$114.95 617-769-9750 artech@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580535046/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580535046/robsladesin03-20
      %P 204 p.
      %T "Bluetooth Security"

      Part one presents the basics of Bluetooth security. Chapter one is an
      introduction to the Bluetooth protocol suite (mostly at the packet
      level), and also mentions a few security concepts (in a somewhat
      haphazard manner). The overview of Bluetooth security, in chapter
      two, could be clearer: some minutia (such as the bit lengths of
      various components of key generation) obscure the basic concepts,
      while other specifics (such as the algorithms used) are missing where
      they could support the text. Pairings and key management rely on a
      considerable amount of alphabet soup, making frequent references to
      the list of acronyms a necessity. The detailed descriptions make the
      explanations difficult, but would make cryptographic analysis possible
      for the determined reader. The algorithms are laid out in chapter
      four: although most are based on SAFER+ the greatest emphasis is given
      to the E(0) stream cipher. Chapter five looks at the encryption used
      in a broadcast to all members of a piconet. The discussion of
      security policy and access control, in chapter six, deals mostly with
      the services required, rather than provided. A lot of time is spent
      analysing cryptographic strength of the algorithms, in chapter seven,
      only to come to the conclusion that the greatest problem lies in
      pairing and tracking.

      Part two deals with Bluetooth security enhancements, still in
      development. Chapter eight discusses anonymity, in terms of varying
      the device address to avoid tracking, and the requirements for such a
      scenario. Improved key management, using asymmetric encryption or
      challenge-response type systems, is considered in chapter nine.
      Chapter ten deliberates on refinement of some standard Bluetooth

      Bluetooth security is not well known, despite the proliferation of
      Bluetooth enabled devices. While this book has a number of
      shortcomings in terms of writing, the material provides an
      introduction to a number of important considerations.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKBLTSEC.RVW 20040622

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