Verifiable fine-grained top-k queries in tiered sensor networks

Rui Zhang, Jing Shi, Yunzhong Liu, Yanchao Zhang

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Most large-scale sensor networks are expected to follow a two-tier architecture with resource-poor sensor nodes at the lower tier and resource-rich master nodes at the upper tier. Master nodes collect data from sensor nodes and then answer the queries from the network owner on their behalf. In hostile environments, master nodes may be compromised by the adversary and then instructed to return fake and/or incomplete data in response to data queries. Such application-level attacks are more harmful and difficult to detect than blind DoS attacks on network communications, especially when the query results are the basis for making critical decisions such as military actions. This paper presents three schemes whereby the network owner can verify the authenticity and completeness of fine-grained top-k query results in tired sensor networks, which is the first work of its kind. The proposed schemes are built upon symmetric cryptographic primitives and force compromised master nodes to return both authentic and complete top-k query results to avoid being caught. Detailed theoretical and quantitative results confirm the high efficacy and efficiency of the proposed schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 Proceedings IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE INFOCOM 2010 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 14 2010Mar 19 2010

Publication series

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


Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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