Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2017.


Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Yuhong Lui


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.