Journal of Computer Science

Overview on Key Distribution Primitives in Wireless Sensor Network

M. Raghini, N. Uma Maheswari and R. Venkatesh

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2013.543.550

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 9, Issue 5

Pages 543-550


Owing to the security requirements of wireless sensor network, the background of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is to be analyzed with different threats and attack models. Physical compromising of sensor nodes by an adversary is an emerging problem in sensor network and accordingly, it is necessary to provide an environment with efficient key management techniques due to resource constraints on sensor network. It is obvious to evaluate the efficiency of symmetric key management schemes for WSN, since it is not feasible to use traditional key management techniques such as asymmetric key cryptosystem and Key Distribution Center (KDC). This survey paper aims to report an extensive study on classification of pairwise key pre-distribution techniques. Further a smaller portion of analysis and security issues using pairwise key management is pronounced. Analysed results shows that polynomial pool based method have higher probability of communication by non-compromised nodes when compared with other schemes. The proposed survey effectively track the merits and demerits of different key predistribution schemes, also the communication overhead and memory overhead is reduced in polynomial pool based method during execution.


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