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An efficient MAC-based scheme against pollution attacks in XOR network coding-enabled WBANs for remote patient monitoring systems

An efficient MAC-based scheme against pollution attacks in XOR network coding-enabled WBANs for remote patient monitoring systems

Esfahani, Alireza, Mantas, Georgios, Silva, Helio, Rodriguez, Jonathan and Neves, Jose Carlos (2016) An efficient MAC-based scheme against pollution attacks in XOR network coding-enabled WBANs for remote patient monitoring systems. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, 2016 (113). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1687-1472 (Print), 1687-1499 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1186/s13638-016-0601-9)

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Abstract

Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) play a pivotal role to remote patient monitoring which is one of the main applications of m-Health. However, WBANs comprise a subset of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), and thus, they inherit the limitations of WSNs in terms of communication bandwidth, reliability and power consumption that should be addressed so that WBANs can reach their full potential. Towards this direction, XOR Network Coding (NC) is a promising solution for WBANs. Nevertheless, XOR NC is vulnerable to pollution attacks, where adversaries (i.e., compromised intermediate nodes) inject into the network corrupted packets that prevent the destination nodes from decoding correctly. This has as a result not only network resource waste but also energy waste at the intermediate nodes. In this sense, pollution attacks comprise a serious threat against WBANs (i.e., resource-constrained wireless networks), that should be addressed so that WBANs can reap the benefits of XOR NC.

Therefore, in this paper, we propose an efficient Message Authentication Code (MAC)-based scheme providing resistance against pollution attacks in XOR NC-enabled WBANs for remote patient monitoring systems. Our proposed scheme makes use of a number of MACs which are appended to the end of each native packet. Our results show that the proposed MAC-based scheme is more efficient compared to other competitive schemes for securing XOR NC against pollution attacks in resource-constrained wireless networks, in terms of communication bandwidth and computational complexity.

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Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords: secure XOR network coding, pollution attacks, MAC-based scheme, key management, m-Health, WBANs, remote patient monitoring
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Applied Engineering & Management
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 16:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23925

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