Strong and lightweight user authentication in wireless sensor networks

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Authors
  1. Song, R.
  2. Mason, P.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In tactical communication scenario, wireless sensor networks are often deployed in hostile territories – open and uncontrolled environments where only legitimate users should be able to access the network and retrieve data. The security of a user authentication and data transfer in such systems becomes a critical issue in these resource-constrained environments. In this paper, we suggest that some weakness in a previously published user authentication protocol [M.L. Das, Two-Factor User Authentication in Wireless Sensor Networks, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol.8, No.3, 2009] makes in insufficiently robust for tactical environments. Based on our analysis of that protocol, we present two new user authentication protocols – a strong user authentication and a lightweight user authentication, and demonstrate that the new protocols have better security features and are more efficient in comparison. We believe these new protocols are more suitable for tactical situations.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2011-167 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2011
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA036946
CANDIS No
536656
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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