Secure range queries in tiered sensor networks

Jing Shi, Rui Zhang, Yanchao Zhang

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We envision a two-tier sensor network which consists of resource-rich master nodes at the upper tier and resourcepoor sensor nodes at the lower tier. Master nodes collect data from sensor nodes and answer the queries from the network owner. The reliance on master nodes for data storage and query processing raises concerns about both data confidentiality and query-result correctness in hostile environments. In particular, a compromised master node may leak hosted sensitive data to the adversary; it may also return juggled or incomplete data in response to a query. This paper presents a novel spatiotemporal crosscheck approach to ensure secure range queries in eventdriven two-tier sensor networks. It offers data confidentiality by preventing master nodes from reading hosted data and also enables efficient range-query processing. More importantly, it allows the network owner to verify with very high probability whether a query result is authentic and complete by examining the spatial and temporal relationships among the returned data. The high efficacy and efficiency of our approach are confirmed by detailed performance evaluations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE INFOCOM 2009 - The 28th Conference on Computer Communications
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2009 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Apr 19 2009Apr 25 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other28th Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2009
CityRio de Janeiro

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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