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Providing efficient certification services against active attacks in ad hoc networks

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6 Author(s)
Bo Zhu ; Sch. of Comput., Nat. Univ. of Singapore, Singapore ; Guilin Wang ; Zhiguo Wan ; Kankanhalli, M.S.
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Most of previous research work in key management can only resist passive attacks, such as dropping the certificate request, and are vulnerable under active attacks, such as returning a fake reply to the node requesting the certification service. In this paper, we propose two algorithms to address both security and efficiency issues of certification services in ad hoc networks. Both of the algorithms can resist active attacks. In addition, simulation results show that, compared to the previous works, our second algorithm is not only much faster in a friendly environment, but it also works well in a hostile environment in which existing schemes work poorly. Furthermore, the process of generating partial certificates in our second algorithm is extremely fast. Such advantage is critical in ad hoc networks where by nature the less help a node requests from its neighbors, the higher is the chance of obtaining the help. Consequently, using our second algorithm, a node can easily find enough neighboring nodes which provide the certification service.

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Performance, Computing, and Communications Conference, 2005. IPCCC 2005. 24th IEEE International

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7-9 April 2005