The report FIMU-RS-2016-04
Attackers in Wireless Sensor Networks Will Be Neither Random nor Jumping -- Secrecy Amplification Case, Extended Version
September 2016, 20 pages.
Available as Postscript,
Partially compromised network is a pragmatic assumption in many real-life
scenarios. Secrecy amplification protocols provide a significant increase in
the number of secure communication links by re-establishing new keys via
different communication paths.
Our paper shows that so far research in the area of secrecy amplification
protocols for wireless sensor networks has been based on rather simplified foundations
with respect to attacker models. The attacker does not behave randomly and
different attacker capabilities and behaviour have to be considered. We provide
means to experimental work with parametrisable attacker capabilities and
behaviour in realistic simulations, and evaluate the impact of the realistic
attacker properties on the performance of major amplification protocols.
We also show which secrecy amplification protocols perform best in different
attacker settings and help to select a protocol that exhibits good results in a
prevalent number of inspected scenarios.
This is the extended version of our paper that is to be presented at 15th
International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security (CANS 16) in
Milan, Italy, November 14-16, 2016.