An Efficient Group Key Management Scheme for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

Group key management is one of the basic building blocks in collaborative and group-oriented applications in Mobile Ad Hoc NETworks (MANETs). Group key establishment involves creating and distributing a common secret for all group members. However, key management for a large and dynamic group is a difficult problem because of scalability and security. Modification of membership requires the group key to be refreshed to ensure backward and forward secrecy. This paper proposes a Simple and Efficient Group Key (SEGK) management scheme for MANETs. Group members compute the group key in a distributed manner.

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