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Anonymous handover authentication protocol for mobile wireless networks with conditional privacy preservation


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With the development of the wireless communication technology and the popularity of mobile devices, the mobile wireless network (MWN) has been widely used in our daily life. Through the access point (AP), users could access the Internet anytime and anywhere using their mobile devices. Therefore, MWNs can bring much convenience to us. Due to the limitation of AP’s coverage, the seamless handover frequently occurs in practical applications. How to guarantee the user’s privacy and security and identify the real identity when he/she brings harm to the system becomes very challenging. To achieve such goals, many anonymous handover authentication (AHA) protocols have been proposed in the last several years. However, most of them have high computation costs because mobile nodes need to carry out the bilinear pairing operations or the hash-to-point operations. Besides, most of them cannot satisfy some critical requirements, such as non-traceability and perfect forward secrecy. In this paper, we first outline the security requirements of AHA protocols, and then propose a new AHA protocol to eliminate weaknesses existing in previous AHA protocols. Based on the hardness of two famous mathematical problems, we demonstrate that the proposed AHA protocol is secure against different kinds of attacks and can meet a variety of security requirements. It can be seen from the details of implementations that the proposed AHA protocol also has much less computation cost than three latest AHA protocols.


随着无线通信技术的发展和移动设备的流行, 移动无线网络在我们日常生活中得到了广泛应用。通过移动无线网络中的接入点, 用户利用移动设备可以随时随地访问互联网。由于接入点的的覆盖范围是有限的, 无缝切换会时常法伤。如何在切换过程中保证用户的隐私和安全, 并在用户给移动无线网络带来危害时识别他的真实身份, 是非常具有挑战性的事情。为了实现这些目标, 科研人员已经提出了许多匿名切换认证协议。由于这些协议中的移动节点需要执行复杂的双线性对运算和映射到点运算, 它们中的大多数具有非常高的计算复杂度。另外, 这些协议并不不能提供不可追踪、前向保密等重要的安全属性。本文概述了匿名切换认证协议需要满足的安全属性, 并提出了一个新的匿名切换认证协议来解决以往协议中的安全缺陷。在两个著名数学难题的困难性基础上, 本文证明了提出的认证协议能够抵抗多种攻击, 并能够满足列出的安全属性。实现结果表明, 提出的协议比最新的三个相关协议具有更低的计算复杂度。创新点:(1)提出了一个移动无线网络中具有条件隐私保护功能的匿名切换认证协议; (2)在随机预言机模型下证明提出的协议是可证明安全的; (3)对提出的协议和相关协议的计算复杂度和通信复杂分析进行了详细分析和比较。

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He, D., Wang, D., Xie, Q. et al. Anonymous handover authentication protocol for mobile wireless networks with conditional privacy preservation. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 60, 052104 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-016-0161-2

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  • mobile wireless network
  • handover authentication
  • anonymity
  • conditional privacy preservation
  • provable security