Efficient Node Admission for Short-Lived Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

Admission control is an essential and fundamental security service in Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs). It is needed to securely cope with dynamic membership and topology and to bootstrap other important security primitives (such as key management) and services (such as secure routing) without the assistance of any centralized trusted authority. An ideal admission protocol must involve minimal interaction among the MANET nodes, since connectivity can be unstable. Also, since MANETs are often composed of weak or resource-limited devices, admission control must be efficient in terms of computation and communication.

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