Combinatorial design of key distribution mechanisms for wireless sensor networks

Camtepe, Seyit A. & Yener, Bulent (2004) Combinatorial design of key distribution mechanisms for wireless sensor networks. In Samarati, Pierangela, Ryan, Peter, Gollmann, Dieter, & Molva, Refik (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Computer Security – ESORICS 2004, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Institut Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, French Riviera, France, pp. 293-308.

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Abstract

Key distribution is one of the most challenging security issues in wireless sensor networks where sensor nodes are randomly scattered over a hostile territory. In such a sensor deployment scenario, there will be no prior knowledge of post deployment configuration. For security solutions requiring pairwise keys, it is impossible to decide how to distribute key pairs to sensor nodes before the deployment. Existing approaches to this problem are to assign more than one key, namely a key-chain, to each node. Key-chains are randomly drawn from a key-pool. Either two neighboring nodes have a key in common in their key-chains, or there is a path, called key-path, among these two nodes where each pair of neighboring nodes on this path has a key in common. Problem in such a solution is to decide on the key-chain size and key-pool size so that every pair of nodes can establish a session key directly or through a path with high probability. The size of the key-path is the key factor for the efficiency of the design. This paper presents novel, deterministic and hybrid approaches based on Combinatorial Design for key distribution. In particular, several block design techniques are considered for generating the key-chains and the key-pools.

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ID Code: 57431
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Key management, Wireless sensor network security, Block desing
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-30108-0_18
ISBN: 978-3-540-22987-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500) > Computer Communications Networks (100503)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2013 22:33
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2013 03:42

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