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Distributed generation of shared RSA keys in mobile ad hoc networks
Author(s): Yi-Liang Liu; Qin Huang; Ying Shen
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Paper Abstract

Mobile Ad Hoc Networks is a totally new concept in which mobile nodes are able to communicate together over wireless links in an independent manner, independent of fixed physical infrastructure and centralized administrative infrastructure. However, the nature of Ad Hoc Networks makes them very vulnerable to security threats. Generation and distribution of shared keys for CA (Certification Authority) is challenging for security solution based on distributed PKI(Public-Key Infrastructure)/CA. The solutions that have been proposed in the literature and some related issues are discussed in this paper. The solution of a distributed generation of shared threshold RSA keys for CA is proposed in the present paper. During the process of creating an RSA private key share, every CA node only has its own private security. Distributed arithmetic is used to create the CA's private share locally, and that the requirement of centralized management institution is eliminated. Based on fully considering the Mobile Ad Hoc network's characteristic of self-organization, it avoids the security hidden trouble that comes by holding an all private security share of CA, with which the security and robustness of system is enhanced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6041, ICMIT 2005: Information Systems and Signal Processing, 604108 (20 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664284
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Yi-Liang Liu, Chongqing Institute of Technology (China)
Qin Huang, Chongqing Univ. (China)
Ying Shen, Chongqing Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6041:
ICMIT 2005: Information Systems and Signal Processing
Yunlong Wei; Kil To Chong; Takayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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