Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2007/482
TinyPBC: Pairings for Authenticated Identity-Based Non-Interactive Key Distribution in Sensor Networks
Leonardo B. Oliveira and Michael Scott and Julio López and Ricardo Dahab
Abstract: Key distribution in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is challenging.
Symmetric cryptosystems can perform it efficiently, but they often do
not provide a perfect trade-off between resilience and storage.
Further, even though conventional public key and elliptic curve
cryptosystem are computationally feasible on sensor nodes, protocols
based on them are not. They require exchange and storage of large
keys and certificates, which is expensive.
Using Pairing-based Cryptography (PBC) protocols, conversely, parties
can agree on keys without any interaction. In this work, we (i) show
how security in WSNs can be bootstrapped using an authenticated
identity-based non-interactive protocol and (ii) present TinyPBC, to
our knowledge, the most efficient implementation of PBC primitives
for an 8-bit processor.
TinyPBC is an open source code able to compute pairings as well
as binary multiplication in about 5.5s and 4019.46$\mu$s,
respectively, on the ATmega128L 7.3828-MHz/4KB SRAM/128KB ROM
processor -- the MICA2 and MICAZ node processor.
Category / Keywords: sensor networks; key agreement; identity-based ;cryptography; pairing-based cryptography; implementation
Date: received 20 Dec 2007, last revised 7 Jan 2008
Contact author: barbosa leonardo at gmail com
Available formats: PDF | BibTeX Citation
Version: 20080107:222625 (All versions of this report)
Discussion forum: Show discussion | Start new discussion
[ Cryptology ePrint archive ]