System and Method for Clock-Skew-Based Covert Communication
Knebel, Erik Sean
McEachen, John C.
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A system and method for clock-skew-based covert communication in which a message formed of message bits is mapped to corresponding symbols having predetermined clock skew values. For each corresponding symbol, an offset value is calculated and added to each timestamp in a predetermined quantity of outgoing TCP segments to generated altered TCP segments, such that an artificial clock skew is induced as measured by a receiver. A clock skew value is determined from each predetermined quantity of TCP segments and mapped to corresponding symbol. The symbols are then mapped to corresponding message bits, and the message is determined from the bits. In this way a message can be sent from a transmitter to a receiver in a way that is covert during transmission and deciphered at the receiver.
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