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Membership models and the design of authentication protocols for MANETs

Maity, Soumyadev and Hansdah, RC (2012) Membership models and the design of authentication protocols for MANETs. In: 2012 26th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (WAINA), 26-29 March 2012, Fukuoka.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WAINA.2012.107


Authentication protocols are very much essential for secure communication in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). A number of authentication protocols for MANETs have been proposed in the literature which provide the basic authentication service while trying to optimize their performance and resource consumption parameters. A problem with most of these protocols is that the underlying networking environment on which they are applicable have been left unspecified. As a result, lack of specifications about the networking environments applicable to an authentication protocol for MANETs can mislead about the performance and the applicability of the protocol. In this paper, we first characterize networking environment for a MANET as its 'Membership Model' which is defined as a set of specifications related to the 'Membership Granting Server' (MGS) and the 'Membership Set Pattern' (MSP) of the MANET. We then identify various types of possible membership models for a MANET. In order to illustrate that while designing an authentication protocol for a MANET, it is very much necessary to consider the underlying membership model of the MANET, we study a set of six representative authentication protocols, and analyze their applicability for the membership models as enumerated in this paper. The analysis shows that the same protocol may not perform equally well in all membership models. In addition, there may be membership models which are important from the point of view of users, but for which no authentication protocol is available.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to IEEE.
Keywords: Authentication Protocols; MANETs; Membership Models
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 11:44
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 11:44
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47821

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