14. Cryptographic Mechanisms

  1. Luca Delgrossi1 and
  2. Tao Zhang2

Published Online: 13 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch14

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

How to Cite

Delgrossi, L. and Zhang, T. (2012) Cryptographic Mechanisms, in Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Information and Communication Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. T. Russell Hsing and
  2. Vincent K. N. Lau

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118132722

Online ISBN: 9781118452189



  • cryptographic mechanisms;
  • digital signature algorithms;
  • integrity verification;
  • message authentication;
  • public key encryption algorithm


This chapter describes fundamental cryptographic mechanisms. The goal is to provide a basis for assessing the suitability of specific cryptographic mechanisms for vehicle communications. After outlining the main categories of cryptographic mechanisms, the chapter describes the digital signature algorithms that form the foundation for most other security functions. It presents their main principles, methodologies, and properties that are essential for assessing their suitability for consumer vehicle networks. The chapter then discusses the techniques for message authentication and integrity verification. It further describes methods for communicating parties to establish shared secret keys by exchanging plaintext messages over nonprivate and nonsecured networks. Finally, the chapter describes the public key encryption algorithm used in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1609.2 standard.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

cryptographic protocols; cryptography; digital signatures