A New Collision-Free Pseudonym Scheme in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

A Mobile Ad hoc NETwork (MANET) is a decentralized network of mobile nodes. Due to the broadcast nature of radio transmissions, communication in MANETs is more susceptible to malicious traffic analysis. An interesting problem is how to thwart malicious traffic analysis. Most anonymous communication protocols are based on the pseudonyms of mobile nodes. However, conventional pseudonym schemes have some limitations such as collisions of pseudonyms and high computational complexity due to the use of cryptographic hash functions. Collisions of identities are not desirable since they are the main causes for reduced effective bandwidth, increased energy consumption and non-deterministic data delivery. In this paper, the authors propose a new collision-free pseudonym scheme to enable anonymous communication.

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