• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
    Monthly Online Journal (eISSN: 1976-7277)

Robust Key Agreement From Received Signal Strength in Stationary Wireless Networks

Vol. 10, No.5, May 31, 2016
10.3837/tiis.2016.05.023, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

Key agreement is paramount in secure wireless communications. A promising approach to address key agreement schemes is to extract secure keys from channel characteristics. However, because channels lack randomness, it is difficult for wireless networks with stationary communicating terminals to generate robust keys. In this paper, we propose a Robust Secure Key Agreement (RSKA) scheme from Received Signal Strength (RSS) in stationary wireless networks. In order to mitigate the asymmetry in RSS measurements for communicating parties, the sender and receiver normalize RSS measurements and quantize them into q-bit sequences. They then reshape bit sequences into new l-bit sequences. These bit sequences work as key sources. Rather than extracting the key from the key sources directly, the sender randomly generates a bit sequence as a key and hides it in a promise. This is created from a polynomial constructed on the sender’s key source and key. The receiver recovers the key by reconstructing a polynomial from its key source and the promise. Our analysis shows that the shared key generated by our proposed RSKA scheme has features of high randomness and a high bit rate compared to traditional RSS-based key agreement schemes.


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[IEEE Style]
Aiqing Zhang, Xinrong Ye, Jianxin Chen, Liang Zhou, and Xiaodong Lin, "Robust Key Agreement From Received Signal Strength in Stationary Wireless Networks," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 2375-2383, 2016. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2016.05.023

[ACM Style]
Zhang, A., Ye, X., Chen, J., Zhou, L., , , and Lin, X. 2016. Robust Key Agreement From Received Signal Strength in Stationary Wireless Networks. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 10, 5, (2016), 2375-2383. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2016.05.023