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An Improved Authentication Protocol for Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks using ECC

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International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2013 by IJCA Journal
Volume 67 - Number 22
Year of Publication: 2013
Authors:
Rakesh Maharana
Pabitra Mohan Khilar
10.5120/11528-7352

Rakesh Maharana and Pabitra Mohan Khilar. Article: An Improved Authentication Protocol for Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks using ECC. International Journal of Computer Applications 67(22):23-30, April 2013. Full text available. BibTeX

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	author = {Rakesh Maharana and Pabitra Mohan Khilar},
	title = {Article: An Improved Authentication Protocol for Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks using ECC},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2013},
	volume = {67},
	number = {22},
	pages = {23-30},
	month = {April},
	note = {Full text available}
}

Abstract

User authentication in case of wireless sensor network is a very critical task, as sensor nodes are deployed in unattached environment and are prone to possible hostile network attacks. Any authentication protocol in WSN must be designed keeping the fact that sensor nodes have limited computing power, memory, energy and communication capabilities. In this paper,animproved user authentication protocol based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) has been introduced for hierarchical wireless sensor networks (HWSN). This paper shows that the ECC based protocol is suitable for wireless sensor networks where higher security is demanded. Besides thisthe proposed scheme provides mutual authentication and a secret session key for communication between the user and the cluster head. It also providesan option for addition or replacement of cluster head in the network whenever there is a need.

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