A Hybrid Approach to Secure Hierarchical Mobile IPv6 Networks

Tianhan Gao1, Nan Guo2 and Kangbin Yim3

  1. Faculty of Software College, Northeastern University
    110819 Shenyang, China
    gaoth@mail.neu.edu.cn
  2. Faculty of Information Science and Engineering College, Northeastern University
    110819 Shenyang, China
    guonan@ise.neu.edu.cn
  3. Faculty of Information Security Engineering, Soonchunhyang University
    336745 Asan, Korea
    Yim@sch.ac.kr

Abstract

Establishing secure access and communications in a hierarchical mobile IPv6 (HMIPv6) network, when a mobile node is roaming into a foreign network, is a challenging task and has so far received little attention. Existing solutions are mainly based on public key infrastructure (PKI) or identity-based cryptography (IBC). However, these solutions suffer from either efficiency or scalability problems. In this paper, we leverage the combination of PKI and certificate-based cryptography and propose a hierarchical security architecture for the HMIPv6 roaming service. Under this architecture, we present a mutual authentication protocol based on a novel cross-certificate and certificate-based signature scheme. Mutual authentication is achieved locally during the mobile node�s handover. In addition, we propose a key establishment scheme and integrate it into the authentication protocol which can be utilized to set up a secure channel for subsequent communications after authentication. As far as we know, our approach is the first addressing the security of HMIPv6 networks using such a hybrid approach. In comparison with PKI-based and IBC-based schemes, our solution has better overall performance in terms of authenticated handover latency.

Key words

hierarchical mobile IPv6, mutual authentication, identity-based cryptography, certificate-based cryptography, cross-certificate

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.2298/CSIS121114041G

Publication information

Volume 10, Issue 2 (April 2013)
Special Issue on Advances on Mobile Collaborative Systems
Year of Publication: 2013
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Gao, T., Guo, N., Yim, K.: A Hybrid Approach to Secure Hierarchical Mobile IPv6 Networks. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 10, No. 2, 913-938. (2013)