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An Efficient Authentication Method for Secure Access to Wireless Mesh Networks

무선망 보안 접속을 위한 효율적인 인증 기법

  • 허웅 (전북대학교 전자공학부 영상정보신기술연구센터) ;
  • 하우산 (전북대학교 전자공학부 영상정보신기술연구센터) ;
  • 유강수 (전주대학교 교양학부) ;
  • 최재호 (전북대학교 전자공학부 영상정보신기술연구센터)
  • Received : 2011.05.27
  • Accepted : 2011.08.26
  • Published : 2011.09.28

Abstract

The wireless mesh networks are recently getting much attention for commercial applications. In such networks, the service should be uninterrupted when roaming from one domain to another while the authentication for a secure access should be maintained. The challenge is to consider the authentic coordination between the home domain and foreign domains and the maintenance of local authenticity between foreign domains. In this paper, a novel authentication method is presented so that a mobile mesh node can be effectively authenticated and obtain an secure connection in foreign domains. In the proposed method, the authentication process does not rely on an end-to-end connection between the foreign domain and the home domain. Even without a connectivity to the home domain, the foreign domain can provide an effective authentication of a mesh node by consulting one of the neighboring foreign domains that has been visited by the mobile mesh node. In order to verify the performance of our proposed method, a qualitative analysis has been performed and compared to those of conventional methods. The results show that our method is superior to the conventional ones in terms of authentication response time and authentication service robustness.

Keywords

Wireless Mesh Network;Access Security;Authentication;Roaming

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