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Authentication Protocols for WSN using ECC and Hidden Generator

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International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2016
Authors:
Ayaz Hassan Moon, Ummer Iqbal
10.5120/ijca2016908175

Ayaz Hassan Moon and Ummer Iqbal. Article: Authentication Protocols for WSN using ECC and Hidden Generator. International Journal of Computer Applications 133(13):42-47, January 2016. Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA. BibTeX

@article{key:article,
	author = {Ayaz Hassan Moon and Ummer Iqbal},
	title = {Article: Authentication Protocols for WSN using ECC and Hidden Generator},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2016},
	volume = {133},
	number = {13},
	pages = {42-47},
	month = {January},
	note = {Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA}
}

Abstract

Authentication is an important Security primitive in any class of network both at the entity level as well as at the message level. All the network entities comprising of WSN including nodes, cluster heads and base station need to be authenticated before sending or receiving any kind of communication within them. Public Key Cryptography offers broad based solutions to address all the security concerns. However such solutions are far too expensive to be applied directly to WSN owing to its resource constraints. ECC and its variant Tiny- ECC offers the scope and the potential to build light weight solutions for WSN based networks.

In this paper, light weight authentication protocols for Base to Node, Node to Base and Node to Node have been presented. These protocols are based on Elliptical Curve Cryptography and Hidden Generator Concepts. Hash Chains which are computationally light have been also used. The protocols have been developed in TinyOS, the defacto operating system for WSN and simulated in Tossim .The protocols have been ported to WSN hardware targeting MicaZ mote. The paper also brings out performance parameters of the developed protocols.

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Keywords

Authentication, Hidden Generator ,WSN, ECC