Secure Collaborative Services for Wireless Mesh Networks

(mesh logo)

Overview

Group-oriented services are envisioned to be an important class of application in the environment of wireless mesh networks. This project focuses on developing scalable, robust, and secure group communication protocols for wireless mesh networks. In particular, we will;

  • Build a wireless mesh test-bed for experiments and protocol validation
  • Develop distributed protocols for efficient group communication (multicast, broadcast) in wireless mesh networks
  • Investigate and develop efficient and robust group key management protocol in wireless mesh networks
  • Study the viability and limitations of cross-layer design as a new paradigm of building secure network services

Publications

    Theses

    Secure and robust communication in wireless mesh networks. J. Dong. Ph.D. Thesis, Dec. 2009. [PDF] [BIBTEX]

    Journals

    Cross-Layer Metrics for Reliable Routing in Wireless Mesh Networks. S. Paris, C. Nita-Rotaru, F. Martignon, and A. Capone. To appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, accepted Aug. 2012.
    Secure High-Throughput Multicast Routing in Wireless Mesh Networks. J. Dong, R. Curtmola, and C. Nita-Rotaru. In IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 10, issue 5, May 2011. [PDF] [BIBTEX]
    Secure and Robust Virtual Coordinate System in Wireless Sensor Networks J. Dong, E. Ackermann, B. Bhavar, and C. Nita-Rotaru. In ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), vol. 6, issue 4, 2010. [PDF] [BIBTEX]
    Secure Network Coding for Wireless Mesh Networks: Threats, Challenges, and Directions. J. Dong, R. Curtmola, and C. Nita-Rotaru. In Computer Communications (Elsevier), Nov 2009. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    Secure Group Communication in Wireless Mesh Networks J. Dong, K. E. Ackermann and C. Nita-Rotaru. In Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier) Journal, Special Issue: Privacy and Security in Wireless Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks, Nov 2009 [PDF][BIBTEX]
    UNMASK: Utilizing Neighbor Monitoring for Attack Mitigation in Multihop Wireless Sensor Networks. I. Khalil, S. Bagchi, C. Nita-Rotaru, and N. B Schroff.In Journal of Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks}, pp. 148 -- 164, vol. 8, issue 2, March 2010. [PDF] [BIBTEX]
    BSMR: Byzantine-Resilient Secure Multicast Routing in Multi-hop Wireless Networks. R. Curtmola and C. Nita-Rotaru. In IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), vol. 8, no. 4, April 2009. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    ODSBR: An On-Demand Secure Byzantine Resilient Routing Protocol for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks. B. Awerbuch, R. Curtmola, D. Holmer, C. Nita-Rotaru and H. Rubens. In ACM Transactions on Information Systems Security (TISSEC), November 2007. [PDF] [BIBTEX].

    Conferences

    Security of Electrostatic Field Persistent Routing: Attacks and Defense Mechanisms. O. C. Ghica, C. Nita-Rotaru, G. Trajcevsky, and P. Scheuermann. In Ninth European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC) 2012, Sibiu, Romania, May 2012. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    EFW: A Cross-Layer Metric for Reliable Routing in Wireless Mesh Networks with Selfish Participants. S. Paris, C. Nita-Rotaru, F. Martignon, and A. Capone. In IEEE Infocom Mini Conferences (INFOCOM-Mini), Shanghai, China, Apr. 2011. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    Practical Defenses Against Pollution Attacks in Intra-Flow Network Coding for Wireless Mesh Networks J. Dong, R. Curtmola and C. Nita-Rotaru. In the Second ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec), Zurich, Switzerland, March 2009. [PDF][Extended Version][BIBTEX]
    Toward Secure Network Coding in Wireless Networks: Threats and Challenges J. Dong, R. Curtmola, R. Sethi and C. Nita-Rotaru. In Proceedings of 4th Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSEC) in conjunction with IEEE ICNP, Orlando, Florida, Oct 2008. [PDF][BIBTEX][Slides]
    On the Pitfalls of Using High-Throughput Metrics in Adversarial Wireless Mesh Networks, J. Dong, R. Curtmola and C. Nita-Rotaru. In the Fifth Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON 2008), San Francisco CA, June 2008. [PDF][Extended Version][BIBTEX]
    Secure Group Communication in Wireless Mesh Networks. In Ninth IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WOWMOM), Newport Beach, CA, June, 2008. J. Dong, K. Ackermann, and C Nita-Rotaru. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    Mitigating Attacks against Virtual Coordinate System Based Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks. J. Dong, B. Bhavar, E. Ackermann and C. Nita-Rotaru. In First ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec), Alexandria, VA, March 2008. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    BSMR: Byzantine-Resilient Secure Multicast Routing in Multi-hop Wireless Networks. R. Curtmola and C. Nita-Rotaru. In SECON 2007, June 2007, San Diego, CA. [PDF] [BIBTEX]

    Posters

    A Cross-Layer Reliability Metric for Wireless Mesh Networks with Selfish Participants. S. Paris, A. Capone, C. Nita-Rotaru, and F. Martignon. In MOBICOM 2010, Poster, in ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review, Chicago, IL, Sep 2010. [PDF][BIBTEX]
    Attacks Against Virtual Coordinate System Based Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks. J. Dong, B. Bavar and C. Nita-Rotaru. In INFOCOM 2007, Poster, Anchorage, AK, May 2007.
    Secure Multicast Routing in Wireless Networks. R. Curtmola and Cristina Nita-Rotaru. In MOBICOM 2006, Poster, Los Angeles, CA, September 2006.

Presentations

    Practical Defenses Against Pollution Attacks in Intra-Flow Network Coding for Wireless Mesh Networks WiSec, Zurich, Switzerland, Mar. 2009, Presented by J. Dong.
    Toward Secure Network Coding in Wireless Networks: Threats and Challenges NPSec, Orlando, FL, Oct 2008, Presented by J. Dong.
    The Quest for Perfromance in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks: Threats and Defenses. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL, Sept. 2008, Presented by C. Nita-Rotaru.
    Secure Group Communication in Wireless Mesh Networks. WOWMOM, Newport Beach CA, June 2008, Presented by J. Dong.
    On the Pitfalls of Using High-Throughput Metrics in Adversarial Wireless Mesh Networks. IEEE SECON 2008, San Francisco CA, June 2008. Presented by J. Dong.
    Mitigating Attacks against Virtual Coordinate System Based Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks. ACM WISEC, Alexandria VA, March 2008.Presented by J. Dong.
    On the Pitfalls of Blind Acceptance of Metrics in Adversarial Networks. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Feb. 2008. Presented by C. Nita-Rotaru.
    On the Pitfalls of Blind Acceptance of Metrics in Adversarial Networks. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb. 2008. Presented by C. Nita-Rotaru.
    On the Pitfalls of Blind Acceptance of Metrics in Adversarial Networks. TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, Feb. 2008. Presented by C. Nita-Rotaru.
    BSMR: Byzantine-Resilient Secure Multicast Routing in Multi-hop Wireless Networks. In IEEE SECON 2007, San Diego CA, June 2007. Presented by R. Curtmola.
    Enabling Collaborative Applications in Wireless Mesh Networks. Motorola Labs, Chicago, IL, July 2007. Presented by C. Nita-Rotaru.
    Building Trustworthy Mesh Networks. Presented at Microsoft Research, Mesh Networking Group, February 2006. Presented by C. Nita-Rotaru.

Students

    Current Members

    • Endadul Hoque, Graduate Student

    Previous Members

    • Stefano Paris, Graduate Student, Politechnico de Milano
    • Jing Dong Graduate Student
    • Reza Curtmola, Postdoctoral Research Associate
    • David Zage Graduate Student
    • Kurt Ackermann, Undergraduate Student
    • Brett Bavar, Undergraduate Student
    • David Inman, Undergraduate Student
    • Ruben Sethi, Undergraduate Student

Software

Related Courses

Resources

Funding

This project is funded by the NSF CyberTrust Program, Career: Scalable, Robust and Secure Group-Oriented Services for Wireless Mesh Networks. Principal Investigator: Cristina Nita-Rotaru (Purdue University).