Towards Secure and Practical MACs for Body Sensor Networks

Zheng Gong, Pieter H. Hartel, S.I. Nikova, Bo Zhu

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    In this paper, some practical problems with the Message Authentication Codes (MACs), which are suggested in the current security architectures for wireless sensor network (WSN), are reconsidered. The analysis exploits the fact that the recommended MACs for WSN, e.g., TinySec (CBC-MAC), MiniSec (OCB-MAC), and SenSec (XCBC-MAC), are not exactly suitable for body sensor network (BSN). Particularly a dedicated attack is elaborated on the XCBC-MAC. Considering the hardware limitations of BSN, we propose a tunable lightweight MAC based on the PRESENT block cipher, which is named \textsf{TuLP}. A 128-bit variant \textsf{TuLP-128} is proposed for a higher resistance against internal collisions. Compared to the existing schemes, our lightweight MACs are time and resource efficient on hardware-constrained devices.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication10th International Conference on Cryptology in India (INDOCRYPT)
    EditorsB. Roy, N. Sendrier
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-10627-9
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2009

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    • IR-68789
    • METIS-264230
    • Low-resource implementation
    • EWI-16982
    • Body sensor network
    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • Message authentication code

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    Gong, Z., Hartel, P. H., Nikova, S. I., & Zhu, B. (2009). Towards Secure and Practical MACs for Body Sensor Networks. In B. Roy, & N. Sendrier (Eds.), 10th International Conference on Cryptology in India (INDOCRYPT) (pp. 182-198). [10.1007/978-3-642-10628-6_13] (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 5922). Berlin: Springer.