Secure Wireless Network with Movable Base Stations

Yi LU  Bharat BHARGAVA  Weichao WANG  Yuhui ZHONG  Xiaoxin WU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E86-B   No.10   pp.2922-2930
Publication Date: 2003/10/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (IEICE/IEEE Joint Special Issue on Assurance Systems and Networks)
Category: Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
wireless network,  movable base station,  secure communication,  mobility,  

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Security, flexibility, and scalability are critical to the success of wireless communications. Wireless networks with movable base stations combine the advantages of mobile ad hoc networks and wireless LAN to achieve these goals. Hierarchical mobile wireless network (HMWN) is proposed for supporting movable base stations. In such a system, mobile hosts are organized into hierarchical groups. The group agents serve as a distributed trust entity. A secure packet forwarding algorithm and an authentication and key exchange protocol are developed to protect the network infrastructure. A roaming support mechanism and the associated mutual authentication protocol are proposed to secure the foreign group and the mobile host when it roams within the network. The computation overhead of secure packet forwarding and roaming support algorithms is studied via experiments. The results demonstrate that these two security mechanisms only require, respectively, less than 2% and 0.2% to 5% CPU time in a low-end 700 MHz PC.