By Venkat Natarajan, Spansion Inc. December 19, 2007 -- mobilehandsetdesignline.com
Today's mobile phones are used for a myriad of new applications that involve storing sensitive data and providing such secure services as mobile payments. With phones storing more critical information than ever before, it is increasingly important to keep them safe from rogue software that can steal or abuse credit card numbers or encryption keys associated with valuable digital content.
Mobile phones require a trusted execution environment (EE) to guarantee that sensitive data is stored and processed without abuse. A trusted EE is a computing environment where execution takes place as expected. The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) uses the notion of behavioral reputation when it refers to "trusted computing" in its documents Trusted behavior is an essential element of security since it allows one to reason about the behavior of an EE with confidence, which in turn allows one to analyze the security aspects of the environment. Having a complete understanding of how to create and maintain a trusted EE will help make mobile phone applications like mobile payment more secure. Once customers, banks and businesses can fully trust that these applications are protected, adoption will increase.1
In the book "Security for Mobility," Chris J. Mitchell refers to the following as the main security services related to mobile computing: authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality and non-repudiation2. This paper will show how secure memory plays a critical role in offering these services as part of a trusted EE, including rich access control mechanism that supports multiple stakeholders.
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