Trust-Based Fast Authentication for Multiowner Wireless Networks
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
In multiowner wireless networks, access points (APs) are owned and operated by different administrations, leading to significant authentication delays during handoff between APs. We propose to exploit the trust between the owners of neighboring APs for reducing the authentication delay. In the proposed authentication scheme, neighboring APs that trust each other share the security key for the visiting node to avoid lengthy authentication routines each time the visiting node switches APs. The performance of the proposed trust-based authentication scheme is evaluated using a Markov model. Using numerical experiments, we first study a basic scenario where mobile nodes are not aware of the trust networks that exist in a given neighborhood. Subsequently, we consider an advanced scenario where a mobile node functionality is augmented to discover the trust network so as to minimize roaming beyond the trusted APs. We find that, even with the basic implementation, the average number of full authentications needed for a roaming mobile reduces linearly as the likelihood of two neighboring APs trusting each other increases. With the advanced implementation, our experiments show that quadratic reduction is achieved. The Markov model is validated using discrete event simulation.
- Technology and Engineering
- ISSN: 1536-1233