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Lightweight and physically secure anonymous mutual authentication protocol for real-time data access in industrial wireless sensor networks

Gope, Prosanta; Das, Ashok Kumar; Kumar, Neeraj; Cheng, Yongqiang


Prosanta Gope

Ashok Kumar Das

Neeraj Kumar

Yongqiang Cheng


Industrial Wireless Sensor Network (IWSN) is an emerging class of a generalized Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) having constraints of energy consumption, coverage, connectivity, and security. However, security and privacy is one of the major challenges in IWSN as the nodes are connected to Internet and usually located in an unattended environment with minimum human interventions. In IWSN, there is a fundamental requirement for a user to access the real-time information directly from the designated sensor nodes. This task demands to have a user authentication protocol. To satisfy this requirement, this article proposes a lightweight and privacy-preserving mutual user authentication protocol in which only the user with a trusted device has the right to access the IWSN. Therefore, in the proposed scheme, we considered the physical layer security of the sensor nodes. We show that the proposed scheme ensures security even if a sensor node is captured by an adversary. The proposed protocol uses the lightweight cryptographic primitives, such as one way cryptographic hash function, Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) and bitwise exclusive (XOR) operations. Security and performance analysis shows that the proposed scheme is secure, and is efficient for the resource-constrained sensing devices in IWSN.


Gope, P., Das, A. K., Kumar, N., & Cheng, Y. (2019). Lightweight and physically secure anonymous mutual authentication protocol for real-time data access in industrial wireless sensor networks. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 1-1.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 16, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 24, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 28, 2019
Journal IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Print ISSN 1551-3203
Electronic ISSN 1941-0050
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-1
Keywords Control and Systems Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Information Systems; Computer Science Applications
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