The Scientific World Journal / 2014 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

A Rhythm-Based Authentication Scheme for Smart Media Devices

Table 1

Security authentication systems and their descriptions.

Security authentication systemDescription

Something you knowThis authentication mode relies on an end user’s memory. That is, this mode depends on an individual’s memory. In general, users refer to personal information when setting a secret key. Although it has the easy-to-remember advantage, it is vulnerable because malicious attackers can easily take advantage. It can incur additional damage due to leakage of the key as the authentication process can be exposed because of user carelessness. Using this method, a user must memorize the key. If a user forgets the secret key, even a rightful user cannot access the system or services.

Something you haveThis authentication mode uses object(s) that a user owns. For example, objects such as barcodes, QR codes, magnetics, and RFIDs are used. That is, this mode depends on the object(s) that a user possesses. If the object is possessed always, this mode provides convenience of authentication and relatively less leakage risk than something you know. However, this method is somewhat inconvenient as the user must always possess the object. If the object is lost or stolen, additional damage can be incurred from malicious attackers. Further, if the object is damaged, a rightful user cannot access the system or services.

Something you areThis authentication mode uses biometric information. This mode uses two different types of techniques: (a) recognition of physiological information and (b) recognition of behavior patterns. A scheme of recognizing physiological information uses individual characteristics of the user. For example, fingerprint recognition, iris recognition, vein recognition, face recognition, voice recognition, and palm print recognition are used. That is, this mode depends on a user’s unique biological characteristics. Identity theft by malicious attackers is nearly impossible, and a risk of loss or change is extremely low, which is important for security. A prerequisite for such a method is to have very high recognition precision. If recognition rate is low, authentication of malicious attackers, who have similar or mimicked personal characteristics, can successfully gain access to the system.