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Title: A key management scheme realising location privacy protection for heterogeneous wireless sensor networks

Authors: Erdong Yuan; Liejun Wang

Addresses: School of Information Science and Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China ' School of Information Science and Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China

Abstract: Key management is the core of wireless sensor network (WSN) security management technology. At present, the protection of the source location information of nodes has also received great attention. In this paper, we combine identity-based encryption (IBE) algorithm with elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) based digital signature authentication to achieve more secure authentication. Then we use the double encryption method to realise the location privacy protection. Finally, we adopt a new routing update scheme to prevent attackers from initiating sinkhole attacks. In addition, we add timestamps to messages transmitted between nodes to defend against resend attacks. The scheme we proposed occupies a small amount of key storage space, consumes relatively more energy to protect the location information of nodes in the heterogeneous sensor network (HSN), and prevents attackers from initiating sinkhole attacks and resend attacks, thereby enhancing network security.

Keywords: key management; location privacy protection; sinkhole attacks; IBE algorithm; HSN; heterogeneous sensor network.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2020.104461

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2020 Vol.32 No.1, pp.34 - 41

Received: 06 Aug 2019
Accepted: 07 Aug 2019

Published online: 12 Jan 2020 *

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