Authenticating Primary Users' Signals in Cognitive Radio Networks Via Integrated Cryptographic and Wireless Link Signatures

Date Added: Apr 2010
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To address the increasing demand for wireless bandwidth, Cognitive Radio Networks (CRNs) have been proposed to increase the efficiency of channel utilization; they enable the sharing of channels among secondary (unlicensed) and primary (licensed) users on a non-interference basis. A secondary user in a CRN should constantly monitor for the presence of a primary user's signal to avoid interfering with the primary user. However, to gain unfair share of radio channels, an attacker (e.g., a selfish secondary user) may mimic a primary user's signal to evict other secondary users. Therefore, a secure primary user detection method that can distinguish a primary user's signal from an attacker's signal is needed.