Extending AES with DH Key-Exchange to Enhance VoIP Encryption in Mobile Networks

Zaghal, Raid
Salah, Saeed
AlJabali, Noor
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In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, Naples, Italy
Due to the huge developments in mobile and smartphone tech nologies in recent years, more attention is given to voice data transmission such as VoIP (Voice over IP) technologies, e.g., (WhatsApp, Skype, and Face Book Messenger). When using VoIP services over smartphones, there are always security and privacy concerns like the eavesdropping of calls between the communicating parties. Therefore, there is a pressing need to address these risks by enhancing the security level and encryption methods. In this work, we suggest a new scheme to encrypt VoIP channels using (128, 192 & 256-bit) enhanced encryption based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algo rithm, by extending it with the well-known Diffie-Hellman (DH) key exchange method. We have performed a series of real tests on the enhanced (AES/DH) algorithm and compared its performance with the generic AES algorithm. The results have shown that we can get a significant increase in the encryption strength at a very small overhead between 4% and 7% of execution time.
VoIP, AES, Diffie-Hellman, Key exchange, Security Encryption
Zaghal, R., Salah, S., & Jabali, N. (2018, March). Extending AES with DH key-exchange to enhance VoIP encryption in mobile networks. In World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (pp. 511-521). Springer, Cham.