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A Security Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Chang N. Zhang
  • Qian Yu
  • Xun Huang
  • Cungang Yang
Part of the IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 264)

Abstract

In this paper, we present an security protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). It is based on the forward and backward property of RC4 states and achieves data confidentiality, data authentication, data integrity, and data freshness with low overhead and simple operation. Furthermore, an RC4-based hash function for the generation of Message Authentication Code (MAC) is presented. The proposed protocol is an ideal solution for wireless sensor networks and other resource-constrained devices where the communication nodes have limited power resources and computational capabilities, and can be widely used in the applications of one-to-one communications as well as broadcasting and multicasting.

Keywords

RC4 Security Protocol Hash Function ackward Property of RC4 States Wireless Sensor Networks Resource-constrained Communications 

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Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chang N. Zhang
    • 1
  • Qian Yu
    • 1
  • Xun Huang
    • 1
  • Cungang Yang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringRyerson UniversityONTorontoCanada

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