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PUF-Based Key Distribution in Wireless Sensor Networks

Zheng Zhang1, Yanan Liu1, *, Qinyuan Zuo1, Lein Harn2, Shuo Qiu1, Yuan Cheng1

1 Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, 211169, China.
2 Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, Kansas, 64110, USA.

* Corresponding Author: Yanan Liu. Email: email.

Computers, Materials & Continua 2020, 64(2), 1261-1280.


Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) can be seen as kind of hardware oneway functions, who are easily fabricated but difficult to clone, duplicate or predict. Therefore, PUFs with unclonable and unpredictable properties are welcome to be applied in designing lightweight cryptography protocols. In this paper, a Basic Key Distribution Scheme (Basic-KDS) based on PUFs is firstly proposed. Then, by employing different deployment modes, a Random Deployment Key Distribution Scheme (RD-KDS) and a Grouping Deployment Key Distribution Scheme (GD-KDS) are further proposed based on the Basic-KDS for large scale wireless sensor networks. In our proposals, a sensor is not pre-distributed with any keys but will generate one by the embedded PUF when receiving a challenge from the gateway, which provides perfect resilience against sensor capture attacks. Besides, the unclonable and unpredictable properties of PUF guarantee the key uniqueness and two-way authentication. Analysis and experiment results show that our proposals have better performances in improving the resilience, secureconnectivity, and efficiency as compared to other schemes.


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APA Style
Zhang, Z., Liu, Y., Zuo, Q., Harn, L., Qiu, S. et al. (2020). Puf-based key distribution in wireless sensor networks. Computers, Materials & Continua, 64(2), 1261-1280.
Vancouver Style
Zhang Z, Liu Y, Zuo Q, Harn L, Qiu S, Cheng Y. Puf-based key distribution in wireless sensor networks. Comput Mater Contin. 2020;64(2):1261-1280
IEEE Style
Z. Zhang, Y. Liu, Q. Zuo, L. Harn, S. Qiu, and Y. Cheng "PUF-Based Key Distribution in Wireless Sensor Networks," Comput. Mater. Contin., vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 1261-1280. 2020.


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