Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 680–692 | Cite as

A Multi-service Group Key Management Scheme for Stateless Receivers in Wireless Mesh Networks

  • Junbeom Hur
  • Hyunsoo Yoon


Wireless mesh networks facilitate the development of the many group oriented applications by extending the coverage area of the group communication. Group communication in a wireless mesh network is complicated due to dynamic intermediate mesh points, access control for communications between different administrative domains, and the absence of a centralized network controller. In this study, we propose a topology-matching decentralized multi-service group key management scheme for wireless mesh networks. It allows service providers to update and deliver their group keys to valid members in a distributed manner using the identity-based encryption scheme. The analysis result indicates that the proposed scheme has advantages with regard to the rekeying cost and storage overhead for a member and a mesh point in multi-sender group communication environments. The stateless property is also achieved such that a stateless member, who could not be constantly online, can easily decrypt the rekeying messages without recording the past history of transmission.


multi-service group key management stateless member mesh network identity-based encryption 



This research is supported by the Ubiquitous Computing and Network (UCN) Project, Knowledge and Economy Frontier R&D Program of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) in Korea as a result of UCN’s subproject 09C1-T1-20S, and the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. R01-2007-000-20865-0).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceKorea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyDaejeonRepublic of Korea

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