Telecommunication Systems

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 221-240

A formal context specific trust model (FTM) for multimedia and ubiquitous computing environment

  • Sheikh I. AhamedAffiliated withMarquette University Email author 
  • , Munirul M. HaqueAffiliated withPurdue University
  • , Nilothpal TalukderAffiliated withMarquette University

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In order to ensure secure sharing of resources in an ad-hoc network of handheld devices in a multimedia and ubiquitous computing environment, mutual collaboration is essential. However, the limitations, such as poor storage and computational capability of these multimedia and ubiquitous devices stand as the bottleneck for effective sharing of resources. As a result of this drawback, the adversaries are obtaining access to the new doors for security breaches. Mutual Trust is the weapon used to combat security violations by restricting malicious devices from participating in any interaction in such an open and dynamic environment. In this paper, we present a context-specific and reputation-based trust model along with a brief survey and a comparative study of the existing trust models found in the literature. To the best of our knowledge, our model is the first formal trust model for multimedia and ubiquitous computing, which incorporates multi-hop recommendation capability and flexible behavioral model to handle interactions among devices. The other major contribution of this universal trust model is a simple protocol for circumventing malicious recommendations and handling them for achieving accuracy. This paper also illustrates the implementation and evaluation detailed of our proposed omnipresent formal trust model.


Trust framework for multimedia and ubiquitous computing Security Multi-hop recommendation