Authentication and secret search mechanisms for RFID-aware wireless sensor networks

Shih I. Huang*, Shiuh-Pyng Shieh

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper investigates authentication and secure data retrieval issues in Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID)-aware wireless sensor networks. We propose a network architecture (ARIES) consisting of RFIDs and wireless sensor nodes, a mutual authentication protocol (AMULET), and a Secret Search Protocol (SSP). ARIES utilises RFID-aware sensor nodes to alleviate distance limitation problem in RFID systems. AMULET performs mutual authentication and reduces the cost of re-authentication. SSP solves the privacy problem by offering a search mechanism over encrypted data. SSP does not need to decrypt encrypted data files while searching for specific data and the performance is greatly improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Security and Networks
Issue number1
StatePublished - 29 Mar 2010


  • Authentication
  • Privacy
  • RFID
  • Radio-frequency identification
  • Secret search
  • Wireless sensor networks

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