Date of Award
Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2017.
We investigated the problem of cryptographic key authentication in a mobile ad hoc network (MANET). Using the theory of digital trust, we propose an authentication scheme for MANETs that includes a hybrid trust model between the direct and indirect approaches. Our hybrid trust model supplies trust data to a decentralized web of trust in order to authenticate nodes in a MANET. We ran some simulations of our authentication scheme to verify its security and investigate potential trust threshold values. Also, we designed and implemented a proof-of-concept iOS application that implements our authentication scheme. Some future work includes investing several implications of the mobility aspect of MANETs on trust management, such as the maximum levels of trust concatenation.
Amirtharaj, Immanuel; Bonilla, Eric; and Newton, Parker, "Design and Implementation of a Direct/Indirect Hybrid Trust Model for Secure Authentication in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network" (2017). Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses. 78.