A distributed scheme for securing middle-tier multicast in hierarchical sensor networks

Jie Tian, Guiling Wang, Tan Yan, Wensheng Zhang

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Hierarchical architectures are more and more widely adopted for organizing wireless sensor networks. In such architectures, middle-tier nodes take important roles, and preventing a malicious node from impersonating a middle-tier node and injecting falsified messages becomes critical. In this paper, we propose an energy efficient, distributed scheme to secure the multicast messages from the middle-tier nodes. Our scheme does not require a priori knowledge about the hierarchical relation between middletier nodes and lowest-tier nodes, and is adaptive to changes of this relation. Extensive simulations are conducted to evaluate our scheme, and the results show that the scheme is energy efficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-264
Number of pages20
JournalAd-Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Distributed scheme
  • Hierarchical architectures
  • Security


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