Using a Spatial Context Authentication Proxy for Establishing Secure Wireless Connections
Source: Lancaster University
Spontaneous interaction in wireless ad-hoc networks is often desirable not only between users or devices in direct contact, but also with devices that are accessible only via a wireless network. Secure communication with such devices is difficult because of the required authentication, which is often either password- or certificate-based. An intuitive alternative is context-based authentication, where device authenticity is verified by shared context, and often by direct physical evidence. Devices that are physically separated cannot experience the same context and thus cannot benefit directly from context authentication. The authors introduce a context authentication proxy that is pre-authenticated with one of the devices and can authenticate with the other by shared context.