The Improved Broadcast Authentication Schemes in Wireless Sensor Networks

by Yang, Li-Wei

Abstract (Summary)
In the environment of wireless sensor network, while one node want to send a message to another node, the most natural way is used broadcasting to distribute the message to the whole network. In the other words, as long as one node sends messages to the other node, its neighbor nodes can also listen to these messages, and then receive them. The advantage of broadcast networks is that can efficiently distribute data to multiple receivers. However, it has some drawbacks. A sensor network may be deployed in hostile environment where there are malicious attacks. The malicious attacker can send false messages to his neighbor nodes, and then rely on these neighbor nodes to distribute over the network. So if there are not any schemes of the security authentication in the message when a node wants to use broadcast, everyone can impersonate the sender and broadcast false messages. We call this a packet injection attack. So security is a main challenge in broadcast network. In order to authenticate a broadcast message¡Ait would conform to two conditions. First, insure that the data is transmitted from the claimed source. Second, the messages are not be modified en route. TESLA has been proposed to provide such services for sensor networks¡Ait mainly use time synchronization and delay disclosure key to protect encryption key¡CHowever, this scheme still has some drawbacks, so we propose some schemes to modify TESLA in this paper, and we will show these schemes can achieve better performance than previous ones.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Wen-Shyong Hsieh; Lung-Jen Wang; Ming-Chao Chiang; Yi-Wu Chiang; Bin-Yih Liao

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:broadcast authentication scheme security wireless sensor network


Date of Publication:07/15/2008

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