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Anti-counterfeiting using Memory Spots

Balinsky, Helen; McDonnell, Edward; Chen, Liqun; Harrison, Keith
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): RFID, memory spot, anti-counterfeiting, package authentication

Abstract: We propose a new hardware and software solution for anti-counterfeiting that puts product authentication directly into the hands of end-users, enabling them to be confident of the authenticity of a product regardless of the integrity of the distribution chain. This is made possible by a new type of tamper- resistent hardware chips, namely memory spots, which has a unique combination of small size and integrated security features, in conjunction with a novel authentication protocol. In addition, the low cost of these new chips makes our proposed solution even more compelling than possible alternatives. Example applications include pharmaceutical anti- counterfeiting, asset tracking, secure-ID, brand protection and warranty fraud prevention, and we will take pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting as an example to explain our solution. A prototype system has been built to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed system.

16 Pages

Additional Publication Information: Accepted for presentation in WISTP '09 Workshop in Information Security Theory and Practices, September, 2009, Brussels, Belgium, to appear in proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series

External Posting Date: August 21, 2009 [Abstract Only]. Approved for External Publication - External Copyright Consideration
Internal Posting Date: August 21, 2009 [Fulltext]

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