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Why does authentication procedure need to complete before security activation ?

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Why does authentication procedure need to complete before security activation ?
posted Mar 10, 2015 by Harshita

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On behalf of Bart -

I can see two reasons.

1st there is no sense in running the security operation for someone we don't know we should serve. The security operations always cost the CPU where the memory is cheap by the $.

2nd auth operation is just passing the keys and XOR operation (cheap from CPU point of view). Long story short it's better to do one operation to check if subscriber is allowed on this MME than two.

answer Mar 11, 2015 by Salil Agrawal
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As Salil has mentioned there is no point in serving for someone who the operator need not support.
And other point which I see is for security activation the operator and UE should have a common key K from which the other integrity and cipher keys are generated. Operator will have this key information in HSS. So If the operator is not aware of the UE itself. How comeit will be aware of the Key and further activate the security.

answer Dec 23, 2015 by Praveen
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