Wireless Sensor Networks

Volume 4913 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 305-320

NanoECC: Testing the Limits of Elliptic Curve Cryptography in Sensor Networks

  • Piotr SzczechowiakAffiliated withDublin City University
  • , Leonardo B. OliveiraAffiliated withUNICAMP
  • , Michael ScottAffiliated withDublin City University
  • , Martin CollierAffiliated withDublin City University
  • , Ricardo DahabAffiliated withUNICAMP

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By using Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), it has been recently shown that Public-Key Cryptography (PKC) is indeed feasible on resource-constrained nodes. This feasibility, however, does not necessarily mean attractiveness, as the obtained results are still not satisfactory enough. In this paper, we present results on implementing ECC, as well as the related emerging field of Pairing-Based Cryptography (PBC), on two of the most popular sensor nodes. By doing that, we show that PKC is not only viable, but in fact attractive for WSNs. As far as we know pairing computations presented in this paper are the most efficient results on the MICA2 (8-bit/7.3828-MHz ATmega128L) and Tmote Sky (16-bit/8.192-MHz MSP-430) nodes.


Wireless Sensor Networks Elliptic Curve Cryptography pairings cryptographic primitives implementation