Patents by Inventor John A. Nix

John A. Nix has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11153080
    Abstract: A network and a device can support secure sessions with both (i) a post-quantum cryptography (PQC) key encapsulation mechanism (KEM) and (ii) forward secrecy. The device can generate (i) an ephemeral public key (ePK.device) and private key (eSK.device) and (ii) send ePK.device with first KEM parameters to the network. The network can (i) conduct a first KEM with ePK.device to derive a first asymmetric ciphertext and first shared secret, and (ii) generate a first symmetric ciphertext for PK.server and second KEM parameters using the first shared secret. The network can send the first asymmetric ciphertext and the first symmetric ciphertext to the device. The network can receive (i) a second symmetric ciphertext comprising “double encrypted” second asymmetric ciphertext for a second KEM with SK.server, and (ii) a third symmetric ciphertext. The network can decrypt the third symmetric ciphertext using the second asymmetric ciphertext.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Patent number: 11080414
    Abstract: A module such as an M2M device or a mobile phone can include a removable data storage unit. The removable data storage unit can include a nonvolatile memory, a noise amplifying memory, and a cryptographic unit. The nonvolatile memory can include (i) shared memory for access by both the module and the cryptographic unit, and (ii) protected memory accessible only by the cryptographic unit. The cryptographic unit can use a noise memory interface and noise amplifying operations in order to increase and distribute bit errors recorded in the noise amplifying memory. The cryptographic unit can (i) generate a random number using the noise amplifying memory and (ii) input the random number into a set of cryptographic algorithms in order to internally derive a PKI key pair. The private key can be recorded in protected memory and the public key signed by a certificate authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Patent number: 11082218
    Abstract: A module with an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) can include a received eUICC profile and a set of cryptographic algorithms. The received eUICC profile can include an initial shared secret key for authentication with a wireless network. The module can receive a key K network token and send a key K module token to the wireless network. The module can use the key K network token, a derived module private key, and a key derivation function to derive a secret shared network key K that supports communication with the wireless network. The wireless network can use the received key K module token, a network private key, and the key derivation function in order to derive the same secret shared network key K derived by the module. The module and the wireless network can subsequently use the mutually derived key K to communicate using traditional wireless network standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Network-1 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20210218560
    Abstract: A server can record a device static public key (Sd) and a server static private key (ss). The server can receive a message with (i) a device ephemeral public key (Ed) and (ii) a ciphertext encrypted with key K1. The server can (i) conduct an EC point addition operation on Sd and Ed and (ii) send the resulting point/secret X0 to a key server. The key server can (i) perform a first elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) key exchange using X0 and a network static private key to derive a point/secret X1, and (ii) send X1 to the server. The server can conduct a second ECDH key exchange using the server static private key and point X0 to derive point X2. The server can conduct an EC point addition on X1 and X2 to derive X3. The server can derive K1 using X3 and decrypt the ciphertext.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20210211279
    Abstract: A device can include an internal secure processing environment (SE) and communicate with a configuration system. The device may utilize a near field communications (NFC) radio. A mobile handset can connect with the SE in the device using NFC. The mobile handset can communicate with the configuration system and receive configuration data and a software package for the device. The SE can derive a PKI key pair and send the derived public key to the configuration system via the mobile handset. The SE and the configuration system can mutually derive an encryption key using the derived PKI key pair. The configuration data can be transmitted over the NFC radio, and the mobile handset can establish a Wi-Fi access point. The software package can be encrypted using the encryption key and transmitted to the device over the established Wi-Fi access point, thereby completing a configuration step for the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20210194681
    Abstract: A network can operate a WiFi access point with credentials. An unconfigured device can support a Device Provisioning Protocol (DPP), and record bootstrap public keys and initiator private keys. The network can record bootstrap public and responder private keys and operate a DPP server. A responder proxy can establish a secure and mutually authenticated connection with the network. The network can (i) derive responder ephemeral public and private keys, (ii) record the initiator bootstrap public key, and (iii) select a responder mode for the responder. The network can derive an encryption key with at least the (i) recorded the initiator bootstrap public key and (ii) derived responder ephemeral private key. The network can encrypt credentials using at least the derived encryption key and send the encrypted credentials through the responder proxy to the initiator, which can forward the encrypted credentials to the device, thereby supporting a device configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20210184846
    Abstract: A set of servers can support secure and efficient “Machine to Machine” communications using an application interface and a module controller. The set of servers can record data for a plurality of modules in a shared module database. The set of servers can (i) access the Internet to communicate with a module using a module identity, (i) receive server instructions, and (iii) send module instructions. Data can be encrypted and decrypted using a set of cryptographic algorithms and a set of cryptographic parameters. The set of servers can (i) receive a module public key with a module identity, (ii) authenticate the module public key, and (iii) receive a subsequent series of module public keys derived by the module with a module identity. The application interface can use a first server private key and the module controller can use a second server private key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20210184842
    Abstract: A server can receive a device public key and forward the device public key to a key server. The key server can perform a first elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) key exchange using the device public key and a network private key to derive a secret X1. The key server can send the secret X1 to the server. The server can derive an ECC PM key pair and send to the device the server public key. The server can conduct a second ECDH key exchange using the derived server secret key and the device public key to derive a secret X2. The server can perform an ECC point addition using the secret X1 and secret X2 to derive a secret X3. The device can derive the secret X3 using (i) the server public key, a network public key, and the device private key and (ii) a third ECDH key exchange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20210126801
    Abstract: A primary platform (PP) can (i) support a first set of cryptographic parameters and (ii) securely download an unconfigured secondary platform bundle (SPB) that includes a configuration package (SPB CP). The SPB CP can establish a secure session with a configuration server (CS). The CS can select operating cryptographic parameters supported by the first set. The SPB CP can derive an SPB private and public key. The PP can use the selected operating cryptographic parameters to securely authenticate and sign the SPB public key. The CS can (i) verify the PP signature for the SPB public key and (ii) generate an SPB identity and certificate for the SPB and (iii) send the certificate and SPB configuration data to the SPB CP. The SPB CP can complete configuration of the SPB using the SPB identity, certificate, and configuration data. The configured SPB can authenticate with a network using the certificate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Patent number: 10958425
    Abstract: A network can operate a WiFi access point with credentials. An unconfigured device can support a Device Provisioning Protocol (DPP), and record bootstrap public keys and initiator private keys. The network can record bootstrap public and responder private keys and operate a DPP server. A responder proxy can establish a secure and mutually authenticated connection with the network. The network can (i) derive responder ephemeral public and private keys, (ii) record the initiator bootstrap public key, and (iii) select a responder mode for the responder. The network can derive an encryption key with at least the (i) recorded the initiator bootstrap public key and (ii) derived responder ephemeral private key. The network can encrypt credentials using at least the derived encryption key and send the encrypted credentials through the responder proxy to the initiator, which can forward the encrypted credentials to the device, thereby supporting a device configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: lOT AND M2M TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200280439
    Abstract: A module with an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) can include a received eUICC profile and a set of cryptographic algorithms. The received eUICC profile can include an initial shared secret key for authentication with a wireless network. The module can receive a key K network token and send a key K module token to the wireless network. The module can use the key K network token, a derived module private key, and a key derivation function to derive a secret shared network key K that supports communication with the wireless network. The wireless network can use the received key K module token, a network private key, and the key derivation function in order to derive the same secret shared network key K derived by the module. The module and the wireless network can subsequently use the mutually derived key K to communicate using traditional wireless network standards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200280436
    Abstract: Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) can provide security against quantum computers that could feasibly determine private keys from public keys. A server communicating with a device can store and use PKI keys comprising server private key ss, device public key Sd, and device ephemeral public key Ed. The device can store and use the corresponding PKI keys, such as server public key Ss. The key use can support all of (i) mutual authentication, (ii) forward secrecy, and (iii) shared secret key exchange. The server and the device can conduct an ECDHE key exchange with the PKI keys to mutually derive a symmetric ciphering key K1. The device can encrypt a device public key PK.Device with K1 and send to the server as a first ciphertext. The server can encrypt a server public key PK.Network with at least K1 and send to the device as a second ciphertext.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200235923
    Abstract: A set of servers can support secure and efficient “Machine to Machine” communications using an application interface and a module controller. The set of servers can record data for a plurality of modules in a shared module database. The set of servers can (i) access the Internet to communicate with a module using a module identity, (i) receive server instructions, and (iii) send module instructions. Data can be encrypted and decrypted using a set of cryptographic algorithms and a set of cryptographic parameters. The set of servers can (i) receive a module public key with a module identity, (ii) authenticate the module public key, and (iii) receive a subsequent series of module public keys derived by the module with a module identity. The application interface can use a first server private key and the module controller can use a second server private key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200226258
    Abstract: A network can operate a WiFi access point with credentials. An unconfigured device can (i) support a Device Provisioning Protocol (DPP), (ii) record responder bootstrap public and private keys, and (iii) be marked with a tag. The network can record initiator bootstrap public and private keys, as well as derived initiator ephemeral public and private keys. An initiator can (i) operate a DPP application, (ii) read the tag, (iii) establish a secure and mutually authenticated connection with the network, and (iv) send the network data within the tag. The network can record the responder bootstrap public key and derive an encryption key with the (i) recorded responder bootstrap public key and (ii) derived initiator ephemeral private key. The network can encrypt credentials using the derived encryption key and send the encrypted credentials to the initiator, which can forward the encrypted credentials to the device, thereby supporting a device configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Patent number: 10700856
    Abstract: A module with an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) can include a received eUICC profile and a set of cryptographic algorithms. The received eUICC profile can include an initial shared secret key for authentication with a wireless network. The module can receive a key K network token and send a key K module token to the wireless network. The module can use the key K network token, a derived module private key, and a key derivation function to derive a secret shared network key K that supports communication with the wireless network. The wireless network can use the received key K module token, a network private key, and the key derivation function in order to derive the same secret shared network key K derived by the module. The module and the wireless network can subsequently use the mutually derived key K to communicate using traditional wireless network standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Network-1 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200162269
    Abstract: A device can (i) store public keys Ss and Sn for a network and (ii) record private key sd. A network can record a corresponding private keys ss and sn. The device can (i) generate a device ephemeral PKI key pair (Ed, ed) and (ii) send public key Ed to the network. The device can receive an ephemeral public key Es from the network. The device can calculate values for A: an elliptic curve point addition over Ss, Sn, and Es, and B: (sd+ed) mod n. The device can input values for X and Y into an elliptic curve Diffie Hellman key exchange (ECDH) in order to determine a mutually derived shared secret X5, where the network can also derive shared secret X5. The device can (i) use X5 to derive a key K2 and (ii) decrypt a ciphertext from the network using key K2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200162247
    Abstract: A device can (i) operate a primary platform (PP) within a tamper resistant element (TRE) and (ii) receive encrypted firmware images for operating within the primary platform. The TRE can store in nonvolatile memory of the TRE (i) a PP static private key (SK-static.PP), (ii) a server public key (PK.IDS1), and (iii) a set of cryptographic parameters. The TRE can generate a one-time PM key pair of SK-OT1.PP and PK-OT1.PP and send the public key PK-OT1.PP to a server. The TRE can receive a one-time public key from the server comprising PK-OT1.IDS1. The TRE can derive a ciphering key using an elliptic curve Diffie Hellman key exchange and the SK-static.PP, SK-OT1.PP, PK.IDS1, and PK-OT1.IDS1 keys. The TRE can decrypt the encrypted firmware using the derived ciphering key. The primary platform can comprise a smart secure platform (SSP) and the decrypted firmware can comprise a virtualized image for the primary platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Patent number: 10652017
    Abstract: A set of servers can support secure and efficient “Machine to Machine” communications using an application interface and a module controller. The set of servers can record data for a plurality of modules in a shared module database. The set of servers can (i) access the Internet to communicate with a module using a module identity, (i) receive server instructions, and (iii) send module instructions. Data can be encrypted and decrypted using a set of cryptographic algorithms and a set of cryptographic parameters. The set of servers can (i) receive a module public key with a module identity, (ii) authenticate the module public key, and (iii) receive a subsequent series of module public keys derived by the module with a module identity. The application interface can use a first server private key and the module controller can use a second server private key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Network-1 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Publication number: 20200127991
    Abstract: A network with a set of servers can support authentication from a module, where the module includes an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC). The network can send a first network module identity, a first key K, and an encrypted second key K for an eUICC profile to an eUICC subscription manager. The second key K can be encrypted with a symmetric key. The module can receive and activate the eUICC profile, and the network can authenticate the module using the first network module identity and the first key K. The network can (i) authenticate the user of the module using a second factor, and then (ii) send the symmetric key to the module. The module can decrypt the encrypted second key K using the symmetric key. The network can authenticate the module using the second key K. The module can comprise a mobile phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventor: John A. Nix
  • Patent number: 10621352
    Abstract: A network can operate a WiFi access point with credentials. An unconfigured device can (i) support a Device Provisioning Protocol (DPP), (ii) record responder bootstrap public and private keys, and (iii) be marked with a tag. The network can record initiator bootstrap public and private keys, as well as derived initiator ephemeral public and private keys. An initiator can (i) operate a DPP application, (ii) read the tag, (iii) establish a secure and mutually authenticated connection with the network, and (iv) send the network data within the tag. The network can record the responder bootstrap public key and derive an encryption key with the (i) recorded responder bootstrap public key and (ii) derived initiator ephemeral private key. The network can encrypt credentials using the derived encryption key and send the encrypted credentials to the initiator, which can forward the encrypted credentials to the device, thereby supporting a device configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: IoT and M2M Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John A. Nix