Transparent 3rd-Party authentication with application mobility for 5G mobile edge computing

Asad Ali*, Ying Dar Lin, Chi-Yu Li, Yuan Cheng Lai

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Abstract

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) is a key technology for supporting low latency applications close to the end user. Users can access application servers in MEC instead of routing to the internet by passing through a core cellular network. Few security challenges arise as the traffic does not traverse through the core network, and these can be solved by providing authentication services in the MEC. However, authentication and application mobility issues arise in the case of multiple MECs where a user is mobile and needs continuous service from application servers, without needing to establish a new session and providing authentication information repeatedly to every new MEC it connects with. We propose two solutions, namely TC3A (Token-based Cookie transfer 3rd-party Authentication) and TS3A (Token-based State transfer 3rd-party Authentication) for resolution of authentication and application mobility issues while achieving low latency. Experiments were conducted on a testbed which emulated the handover of a user between two MECs. The results show that TC3A and TS3A provide authentication to users at reduced latency by 4.6% and 25%, respectively, as compared to simple login method, and most importantly application service continuity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages219-224
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728143552
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Event29th European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2020 - Virtual, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 15 Jun 202018 Jun 2020

Publication series

Name2020 European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2020

Conference

Conference29th European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2020
CountryCroatia
CityVirtual, Dubrovnik
Period15/06/2018/06/20

Keywords

  • 3GPP Cellular Networks
  • Authentication
  • Latency
  • Mobile Edge Computing
  • Mobility
  • Multi-Access Edge Computing

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