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A SKG Security Challenge: Indoor SKG Under an On-The-Shoulder Eavesdropping Attack
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  • Amitha Mayya ,
  • Miroslav Mitev ,
  • Arsenia Chorti ,
  • Gerhard Fettweis
Amitha Mayya
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Miroslav Mitev
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Arsenia Chorti

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Gerhard Fettweis
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Physical layer security (PLS) is seen as the means to enhance physical layer trustworthiness in 6G. This work provides a proof-of-concept for one of the most mature PLS technologies, i.e., secret key generation (SKG) from wireless fading coefficients during the channel’s coherence time. As opposed to other works, where only specific parts of the protocol are typically investigated, here, we implement the full SKG chain in four indoor experimental campaigns. In detail, we consider two legitimate nodes, who use the wireless channel to extract secret keys and a malicious node placed in the immediate vicinity of one of them, who acts as a passive eavesdropper. To estimate the final SKG rate we evaluate the conditional min-entropy by taking into account all information available at the eavesdropper. Finally, we use this paper to announce the first ever physical layer security challenge, mirroring practices in cryptography. We call the community to scrutinize the presented results and try to “break” our SKG implementation. To this end, we provide, i) the full dataset observed by the  eavesdroppers, ii) 20 blocks of 16−byte long ciphertexts, encrypted using one-time pad with 20 distilled secret keys, and, iii) all codes and software used in our SKG implementation. An attack will be considered successful if any part(s) of the plaintext are successfully retrieved.