Secure and Efficient Key Management Scheme for Wireless Mesh Network

무선 메쉬망에서의 안전하고 효율적인 키관리 스킴

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  • 이상곤 (동서대학교 컴퓨터정보공학부) ;
  • 이훈재 (동서대학교 컴퓨터정보공학부)
  • Published : 2011.04.30

Abstract

Wireless mesh network (WMN) is a type of mobile ad-hoc network consists of wireless router, mobile clients and gateway which connects the network with the Internet. To provide security in the network it is required to encrypt the message sent among the communicating nodes in such way so that only legitimate user can retrieve the original data. Several security mechanisms have been proposed so far to enhance the security of WMN. However, there still exists a need for a comprehensive mechanism to prevent attacks in data communication. Considering the characteristic of mesh network, in this paper we proposed a public key cryptography based security architecture to establish a secure key agreement among communicating nodes in mesh network. The proposed security architecture consists of two major sections: client data protection and network data protection. Client data protection deals with the mutual authentication between the client and the access router and provide client to access router encryption for data confidentiality using standard IEEE 802.11i protocol. On the other hand, network data protection ensures encrypted routing and data transfer in the multi hop backbone network. For the network data protection, we used the pre-distributed public key to form a secure backbone infrastructure.

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Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF)