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A Novel Key Generation Scheme Using Quaternary PUF Responses and Wiretap Polar Coding. (arXiv:2102.10433v1 [cs.CR])

Physical unclonable functions (PUFs) are widely considered in secret key
generation for resource constrained devices. However, PUFs require additional
hardware overhead. In this paper, we focus on developing a PUF-efficient,
robust, and secure key generation scheme. First, a novel method for extracting
quaternary PUF responses is proposed to increase the entropy of a PUF response,
in which a 2-bit response is extracted from evaluating a single PUF cell
multiple times. The probability masses of the responses can be adjusted by
setting parameters appropriately. Then, a chosen secret model based fuzzy
extractor (FE) is designed to extract secret keys from the quaternary PUF
responses. To improve the security of this FE, it is modeled as a wiretap
channel system, and wiretap polar coding is adopted to reduce secrecy leakage.
An upper bound of secrecy leakage is also given in this paper, and it suggests
that an arbitrarily small (even zero) leakage can be achieved by properly
choosing parameters of the quaternary PUF responses generation. Comparison
results show that the required number of PUF cells to achieve the same level of
secrecy in our scheme is as low as half that of the state-of-the-art schemes.