JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS (JCP)
ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 4    Issue : 9    Date : September 2009

A Location-Adaptive Key Establishment Scheme for Large-Scale Distributed Wireless Sensor Networks
Ashok Kumar Das
Page(s): 896-904
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Abstract
The establishment of pairwise keys between communicating neighbor nodes in sensor networks is a
challenging problem due to the unsuitability of public-key cryptographic techniques for the
resource-constrained platforms of sensor networks and also due to vulnerability of physical captures of
sensor nodes by an adversary/enemy. In this paper, we propose a new location-adaptive key establishment
scheme which is considered as an improved alternative to the path key establishment phase of
bootstrapping protocol in a sensor network. Our proposed scheme offers significantly better network
connectivity compared to that for the path key establishment. Moreover, our scheme has better trade-off
between communication overhead, computational overhead, network connectivity and resilience against
node capture attack than the path key establishment.

Index Terms
Distributed sensor networks, Location-adaptive key pre-distribution, Path key establishment, Key
establishment, Security