German Federal Printing Office, Fraunhofer and Infineon demonstrate for the first time electronic passport security for the quantum computer era
Munich – 28 November 2022 – Quantum computers could become a serious threat to the security of documents such as electronic passports before the present decade is over. New, quantum-secure encryption methods help protect stored biometric data. At Trustech, the event for innovative payment and identification solutions, Infineon Technologies AG, the German Federal Printing Office (Bundesdruckerei GmbH) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) are presenting the world's first demonstrator for an electronic passport that meets the security requirements of the quantum computing era (Post Quantum Cryptography or PQC).
"Today we are launching the encryption procedures which will be needed to repel quantum computer attacks of tomorrow," said Maurizio Skerlj, Vice President and head of Infineon’s Identity Solution Product Line. "Working together with our collaboration partners at the German Federal Printing Office and Fraunhofer AISEC, we have succeeded in efficiently implementing quantum-resistant encryption procedures and making them available for use in practice." The heart of the demonstrator is a security controller from Infineon which protects data from both conventional attacks and attacks that use quantum computers.
Dr Manfred Paeschke, Chief Visionary Officer at Bundesdruckerei GmbH, added: “Our solution shows how durable ID documents can be protected from attacks by quantum computers while at the same time compatibility with existing systems is preserved.”
Fraunhofer AISEC's Professor Marian Margraf said: "The core of our demonstrator uses the cryptographic methods Dilithium and Kyber, which the US national standardization institute NIST selected in July 2022 after a worldwide competition for post-quantum cryptography. Based on that, we developed protocols for the passport that were then subjected to a further independent security evaluation."
The demonstrator showcases a solution for contactless data transfer between the ePass and the border checkpoint terminal. The solution is based on a quantum computer-resistant version of the Extended Access Control (EAC) protocol and also secures biometric data during authentication.
The system was created under the leadership of Fraunhofer AISEC in the joint research project "PoQuID", funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The security methods tested in the project are compatible with established structures and can also implement quantum-resistant encryption. In the process, much emphasis was placed on participation in international standardization bodies in order to ensure that the solution can also be implemented worldwide.
Note to the editor
Infineon is presenting the demonstrator at its Trustech booth (5.2 G035) in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from 29 November until 1 December 2022. Experts will be available for one-on-ones during and after TRUSTECH.
About Fraunhofer AISEC
Fraunhofer AISEC supports companies from all industries and service sectors in securing their systems, infrastructures, products and solutions. On behalf of its customers, more than 100 AISEC employees develop high-quality security technologies to increase the reliability, trustworthiness and tamper-resistance of IT-based systems and products taking into consideration economic requirements, user-friendliness and security requirements.
About Bundesdruckerei GmbH
Bundesdruckerei GmbH together with its subsidiary Maurer Electronics GmbH is a leading German high-tech security company with its headquarters in Berlin. With innovative solutions, products and technologies ‘Made in Germany’, the company protects identities and data. By creating trust and legal certainty in the digital society, Bundesdruckerei GmbH enables governments, companies and citizens to act with confidence in both the analog and the digital world. As a Bundesdruckerei Group company and with more than 250 years of experience under our belt, the company is paving the way for a secure digital age. Bundesdruckerei GmbH currently holds more than 4,100 national and international patents, employs currently a workforce of around 2,600 and in 2021 generated revenue of EUR 642 million. For more information, go to: www.bundesdruckerei-gmbh.de
Infineon Technologies AG is a global semiconductor leader in power systems and IoT. Infineon drives decarbonization and digitalization with its products and solutions. The company has around 56,200 employees worldwide and generated revenue of about €14.2 billion in the 2022 fiscal year (ending 30 September). Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the OTCQX International over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: IFNNY).
Demonstrator of post-quantum secured e-pass by Infineon, Bundesdruckerei and FraunhoferInfineon-ePass
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