1 Scope

02.093GPPRelease 1999Security aspectsTS

Bearer and Teleservices, as respectively defined in GSM 02.02 and GSM 02.03, are the objects which the GSM PLMN operators offer to their customers. Besides these basic telecommunications services, features which aim at up‑grading these basic services need also to be offered. Due to the use of radiocommunications in a PLMN, which are of a special nature compared to classical distribution transmission techniques used in the fixed networks, such a category of features is related to security aspects.

In a GSM PLMN, both the users and the network operator have to be protected against undesirable intrusion of third parties. However, measures should be provided for in order to insure maximum protection of the rights of the individuals concerns. As a consequence, a security feature is either a supplementary service to Tele or Bearer services, which can be selected by the subscriber, or a network function involved in the provision of one or several telecommunication services.

The purpose of the present document is to define the security features which are to be available in a GSM PLMN, together with the associated levels of protection. The present document is only concerned with those security features which aim at the up‑grading of the security in a GSM PLMN. In particular, end‑to‑end security is outside the scope of the present document.

The implementation aspects of security features are described in GSM 03.20.

1.1 References

The following documents contain provisions which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions of the present document.

  • References are either specific (identified by date of publication, edition number, version number, etc.) or non‑specific.
  • For a specific reference, subsequent revisions do not apply.
  • For a non-specific reference, the latest version applies.
  • For this Release 1999 document, references to GSM documents are for Release 1999 versions (version 8.x.y).

[1] GSM 01.04: "Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Abbreviations and acronyms".

[2] GSM 02.02: "Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Bearer Services (BS) supported by a GSM Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN)".

[3] GSM 02.03: "Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Teleservices supported by a GSM Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN)".

[4] GSM 03.20: "Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Security related network functions".

[5] GSM 11.11: "Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Specification of the Subscriber Identity Module – Mobile Equipment (SIM – ME) interface".

1.2 Abbreviations

Abbreviations used in the present document are listed in GSM 01.04.