Non-repudiation Services for the MMS Protocol of IEC 61850

  • Karl Christoph Ruland
  • Jochen SassmannshausenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9497)


In Smart Grids various processes can be automated using communication between the components of the grid. The standard IEC 61850 defines, among other requirements and parts of the system, different communication protocols, that shall be used for different purposes. Although the scope of IEC 61850 is the automation of substations, there are also use cases beyond that can be addressed by IEC 61850. The standard IEC 62351 sets the focus on security in Smart Grids and lists various security requirements, that should be met, and further a series of measures to accomplish the required level of security. However, there are additional security requirements, such as non-repudiation and traceability of transactions, which cannot be sufficed using only the mechanisms provided by IEC 62351. In this paper a security solution will be presented that meets these additional requirements. Basically, it uses certificates for the proof of identity of the system participants and provides the two non-repudiation services Non-repudiation of Origin and Non-repudiation of Delivery using mechanisms described by the standard ISO 13888-3. The focus is set on the MMS protocol that is used for end-to-end communication between client and server. However, due to the flexibility of the mechanisms used, the security solution can also be transferred to different protocols. Finally, this paper describes a way to implement the solution using XML signatures and X.509 certificates.


Smart grid security IEC 61850 MMS protocol ISO 9506 IEC 62351 Non-repudiation ISO 13888-3 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Christoph Ruland
    • 1
  • Jochen Sassmannshausen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Chair for Data Communications Systems, Faculty of Science and EngineeringUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

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