Secure and Private RFID-Enabled Third-Party Supply Chain Systems

Saiyu Qi, Yuanqing Zheng, Mo Li, Li Lu, Yunhao Liu

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a key emerging technology for supply chain systems. By attaching RFID tags to various products, product-related data can be efficiently indexed, retrieved and shared among multiple participants involved in an RFID-enabled supply chain. The flexible data access property, however, raises security and privacy concerns. In this paper, we target at security and privacy issues in RFID-enabled supply chain systems. We investigate RFID-enabled Third-party Supply chain (RTS) systems and identify several inherent security and efficiency requirements. We further design a Secure RTS system called SRTS, which leverages RFID tags to deliver computation-lightweight crypto-IDs in the RTS system to meet both the security and efficiency requirements. SRTS introduces a Private Verifiable Signature (PVS) scheme to generate computation-lightweight crypto-IDs for product batches, and couples the primitive in RTS system through careful design. We conduct theoretical analysis and experiments to demonstrate the security and efficiency of SRTS.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7426406
Pages (from-to)3413-3426
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Privacy
  • production message
  • RFID
  • supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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