Key Pre-distribution and Key Revocation in Wireless Sensor Networks

Chattopadhyay, Subhankar (2011) Key Pre-distribution and Key Revocation in Wireless Sensor Networks. MTech thesis.



Sensor networks are composed of resource constrained tiny sensor devices. They have less computational power and memory. Communication in sensor network is done in multi-hop, and for secure communication, neighboring sensor nodes must possess a secret common key among them. Symmetric and public key cryptography require more processing and memory space. Hence, they are not suitable
for sensor network. Key pre-distribution is a widely accepted mechanism for key distribution in sensor network.
In this thesis we proposed a deterministic key pre-distribution scheme using BCH codes. We mapped the BCH code to key identifier and the keys corresponding to each key identifier are installed into the sensor nodes before deployment. We compared our proposed scheme with existing one and found that it has a better resiliency. Our proposed scheme is scalable and requires the same or less number
of keys for a given number of nodes than the existing well known schemes. We have also proposed an efficient key revocation technique using a novel distributed voting mechanism in which neighboring nodes of a sensor can vote against it if they suspect the node to be a compromised one. In the proposed key revocation scheme compromised nodes as well as the compromised keys are completely
removed from the network.

Item Type:Thesis (MTech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Key Pre-distribution, Galois Field, Key Revocation, Code
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Computer and Information Science > Networks
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:2726
Deposited On:02 Jun 2011 09:58
Last Modified:02 Jun 2011 09:58
Supervisor(s):Turuk, A K

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