Wuhan University Journal of Natural Sciences

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 272–276

A biometric-based user authentication for wireless sensor networks


DOI: 10.1007/s11859-010-0318-2

Cite this article as:
Yuan, J., Jiang, C. & Jiang, Z. Wuhan Univ. J. Nat. Sci. (2010) 15: 272. doi:10.1007/s11859-010-0318-2


This paper proposes a biometric-based user authentication protocol for wireless sensor networks (WSN) when a user wants to access data from sensor nodes, since WSN are often deployed in an unattended environment. The protocol employs biometric keys and resists the threats of stolen verifier, of which many are logged-in users with the same login identity, guessing, replay, and impersonation. The protocol uses only Hash function and saves the computational cost, the communication cost, and the energy cost. In addition, the user’s password can be changed freely using the proposed protocol.

Key words

authentication biometrics security wireless sensor networks 

CLC number

TP 309 

Copyright information

© Wuhan University and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electronics and Information EngineeringTongji University / Key Laboratory of Embedded System and Service Computing of Ministry of EducationShanghaiChina