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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2014, 3(3), 224-244; doi:10.3390/jsan3030224

Evaluation of Secure Multi-Hop Node Authentication and Key Establishment Mechanisms for Wireless Sensor Networks

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Clermont Université, Université d'Auvergne, LIMOS, BP 10448, F-63000, Clermont-Ferrand, France
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CNRS, UMR 6158, LIMOS, F-63173 Aubière, France
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Received: 12 June 2014 / Revised: 25 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 3 September 2014
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Abstract

Designing secure authentication mechanisms in wireless sensor networks in order to associate a node to a secure network is not an easy task due to the limitations of this type of networks. In this paper, we propose different multi-hop node authentication protocols for wireless sensor networks. For each protocol, we provide a formal proof to verify the security of our proposals using Scyther, which is an automatic cryptographic protocols verification tool. We also provide implementation results in terms of execution time consumption obtained by real measurements on TelosB motes. These protocols offer different security mechanisms depending on the design of the protocol itself. Moreover, we evaluate the overhead of protection of each solution by studying the effect on execution time overhead of each protocol. Finally, we propose a mechanism to detect possible attack based on our evaluation results. View Full-Text
Keywords: authentication; wireless sensor networks; security; overhead of protection; multi-hop; formal verification authentication; wireless sensor networks; security; overhead of protection; multi-hop; formal verification
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Mansour, I.; Chalhoub, G.; Lafourcade, P. Evaluation of Secure Multi-Hop Node Authentication and Key Establishment Mechanisms for Wireless Sensor Networks. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2014, 3, 224-244.

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