Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Huapeng Wu


Applied sciences




In this thesis, a new protocol is proposed for the Bluetooth Key Exchange. The proposed key exchange will make use of a public-key algorithm as compared to the currently existing key exchange which only uses symmetric ciphers. The public-key algorithm to be used is a modified version of the RSA algorithm called "Unbalanced RSA". The proposed scheme will improve on the currently existing key exchange scheme by improving the security while trying to minimize computation time. The proposed protocol will also improve on a recent work which used the Diffie-Hellman algorithm for Bluetooth key exchange. In using the Diffie-Hellman algorithm the security was increased from the original Bluetooth key exchange but the computation time and difficulty of computations was also increased. Two Bluetooth devices that are trying to communicate can have a wide range of processor speeds and the use of the Diffie-Hellman protocol can cause a large delay at one user. The use of Unbalanced RSA in the proposed protocol will aim to remedy this problem. The aim of the proposed protocol is to eliminate the security risks from the original Bluetooth key exchange and also address the computation time issue with the enhanced Diffie-Hellman key exchange.