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1. (WO2018120017) TECHNIQUES FOR KEY EXCHANGE TO ESTABLISH SECURE CONNECTION IN NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION ENVIRONMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/120017    International Application No.:    PCT/CN2016/113494
Publication Date: Fri Jul 06 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Dec 31 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: H04L 9/08
Applicants: INTEL CORPORATION
LI, Weigang
ZHOU, Danny, Yigang
WEI, Changzheng
Inventors: LI, Weigang
ZHOU, Danny, Yigang
WEI, Changzheng
Title: TECHNIQUES FOR KEY EXCHANGE TO ESTABLISH SECURE CONNECTION IN NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION ENVIRONMENT
Abstract:
An apparatus (800) for a key exchange to establish a secure connection in a network function virtualization environment. The apparatus (800) exchanges an encrypted session key (410) between virtual network functions (VNF-A, VNF-B, VNF-C) executed by respective virtual machines (160-1 to 160-N) to establish the secure connection over a network connection, and uses a hardware security module (150) coupled with a processor (110) that supports at least one of the respective virtual machines (160-1 to 160-N). The hardware security module (150) facilitates encryption and decryption of the exchanged encrypted session key (410) via use of a virtual network function fingerprint (210, 220) for at least one of the virtual network functions(VNF-A, VNF-B, VNF-C).