Compromise-resilient anti-jamming for wireless sensor networks

Xuan Jiang, Wenhui Hu, Sencun Zhu, Guohong Cao

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Jamming is a kind of Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack in which an adversary purposefully emits radio frequency signals to corrupt wireless transmissions. Thus, the communications among normal sensor nodes become difficult or even impossible. Although some research has been conducted on countering jamming attacks, few works considered jamming by insiders. Here, an attacker first compromises some legitimate sensor nodes to acquire the common cryptographic information of the sensor network and then jams the network through those compromised sensors. In this paper, as our initial effort, we propose a compromise-resilient anti-jamming scheme called split-pairing scheme to deal with single insider jamming problem in a one-hop network setting. In our solution, the physical communication channel of a sensor network is determined by the group key shared by all the sensor nodes. When insider jamming happens, the network will generate a new group key to be shared only by all non-compromised nodes. After that, the insider jammer is revoked and will be unable to predict the future communication channels used by non-compromised nodes. We implement and evaluate our solution using the Mica2 Mote platform and show it has low recovery latency and communication overhead, and it is a practical solution for resource constrained sensor networks under the single insider jamming attack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation and Communications Security - 12th International Conference, ICICS 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 International Conference on Information and Communications Security, ICICS 2010 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Dec 15 2010Dec 17 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6476 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other2010 International Conference on Information and Communications Security, ICICS 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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