Der elektronische Personalausweis (the German eID card, in German)

The presentation was held by Holger Funke, Technical Director of HJP Consulting, at the University of Paderborn as part of the University's data protection lectures. The author describes the recent development from electronic passports to electronic ID cards in Germany. He gives a brief introduction of e-passports with focus on a) security targets, such as authenticity, integrity and confidentiality and b) security mechanisms implemented to meet these security targets and prevent unauthorized access and alteration of e-passports. He continues with a detailed description of the new German electronic ID cards which is based on the same technology as the e-passport, but has extended security mechanisms due to the use in different applications than international travel. The author gives an overview about the current functionality, security infrastructure, attack scenarios and countermeasures to protect the electronic ID card.

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