Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Mobile ad hoc networks, which are formed by spontaneous peer-to-peer associations between devices with no prior context, are brought into the spotlight as they provide an efficient solution for communication of mobile devices. However, the flexibility of ad hoc networks introduces a new dimension in securing this communication process. In this paper the authors propose a protocol that allows users operating mobile wireless personal devices to agree on a manual authentication protocol to use in a fair and secure way in order to bootstrap secure communication. Their protocol also has adjustable level of security and a variant of it is applicable to low-end devices with constrained user interfaces.