Visible to the public UFAP: Ultra-fast handoff authentication protocol for wireless mesh networks

TitleUFAP: Ultra-fast handoff authentication protocol for wireless mesh networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAlamri, N., Chow, C. E., Aljaedi, A., Elgzil, A.
Conference Name2018 Wireless Days (WD)
Keywordsauthentication, Communication system security, composability, cryptographic protocols, cryptography, delays, EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS, extensible authentication protocol, Handoff, handoff authentication protocol, id-based, IEEE 802.11s, Metrics, mobile devices, mobile radio, mobility management (mobile radio), Protocols, pubcrawl, resilience, Servers, telecommunication security, ticket-based, token-based, token-based authentication protocol, trust-based, UFAP, Ultra-fast handoff authentication protocol, Wireless communication, wireless mesh networks
AbstractWireless mesh networking (WMN) is a new technology aimed to introduce the benefits of using multi-hop and multi-path to the wireless world. However, the absence of a fast and reliable handoff protocol is a major drawback especially in a technology designed to feature high mobility and scalability. We propose a fast and efficient handoff authentication protocol for wireless mesh networks. It is a token-based authentication protocol using pre-distributed parameters. We provide a performance comparison among our protocol, UFAP, and other protocols including EAP-TLS and EAP-PEAP tested in an actual setup. Performance analysis will prove that our proposed handoff authentication protocol is 250 times faster than EAP-PEAP and 500 times faster than EAP-TLS. The significant improvement in performance allows UFAP to provide seamless handoff and continuous operation even for real-time applications which can only tolerate short delays under 50 ms.
Citation Keyalamri_ufap:_2018