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RESCUE: A Resilient and Secure Device-to-Device Communication Framework for Emergencies

Stute, Milan ; Kohnhauser, Florian ; Baumgärtner, Lars ; Almon, Lars ; Hollick, Matthias ; Katzenbeisser, Stefan ; Freisleben, Bernd (2021)
RESCUE: A Resilient and Secure Device-to-Device Communication Framework for Emergencies.
In: IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 2020
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00017838
Article, Secondary publication, Publisher's Version

Abstract

During disasters, existing telecommunication infrastructures are often congested or even destroyed. In these situations, mobile devices can form a backup communication network for civilians and emergency services using disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) principles. Unfortunately, such distributed and resource-constrained networks are particularly susceptible to a wide range of attacks such as terrorists trying to cause more harm. In this paper, we present RESCUE, a resilient and secure device-to-device communication framework for emergency scenarios that provides comprehensive protection against common attacks. RESCUE features a minimalistic DTN protocol that, by design, is secure against notable attacks such as routing manipulations, dropping, message manipulations, blackholing, or impersonation. To further protect against message flooding and Sybil attacks, we present a twofold mitigation technique. First, a mobile and distributed certificate infrastructure particularly tailored to the emergency use case hinders the adversarial use of multiple identities. Second, a message buffer management scheme significantly increases resilience against flooding attacks, even if they originate from multiple identities, without introducing additional overhead. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of RESCUE via large-scale simulations in a synthetic as well as a realistic natural disaster scenario. Our simulation results show that RESCUE achieves very good message delivery rates, even under flooding and Sybil attacks.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2021
Creators: Stute, Milan ; Kohnhauser, Florian ; Baumgärtner, Lars ; Almon, Lars ; Hollick, Matthias ; Katzenbeisser, Stefan ; Freisleben, Bernd
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: RESCUE: A Resilient and Secure Device-to-Device Communication Framework for Emergencies
Language: English
Date: 2021
Year of primary publication: 2020
Publisher: IEEE
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing
Collation: 13 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00017838
URL / URN: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/17838
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During disasters, existing telecommunication infrastructures are often congested or even destroyed. In these situations, mobile devices can form a backup communication network for civilians and emergency services using disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) principles. Unfortunately, such distributed and resource-constrained networks are particularly susceptible to a wide range of attacks such as terrorists trying to cause more harm. In this paper, we present RESCUE, a resilient and secure device-to-device communication framework for emergency scenarios that provides comprehensive protection against common attacks. RESCUE features a minimalistic DTN protocol that, by design, is secure against notable attacks such as routing manipulations, dropping, message manipulations, blackholing, or impersonation. To further protect against message flooding and Sybil attacks, we present a twofold mitigation technique. First, a mobile and distributed certificate infrastructure particularly tailored to the emergency use case hinders the adversarial use of multiple identities. Second, a message buffer management scheme significantly increases resilience against flooding attacks, even if they originate from multiple identities, without introducing additional overhead. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of RESCUE via large-scale simulations in a synthetic as well as a realistic natural disaster scenario. Our simulation results show that RESCUE achieves very good message delivery rates, even under flooding and Sybil attacks.

Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-178380
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Sichere Mobile Netze
Profile Areas
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
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LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > emergenCITY
TU-Projects: HMWK|III L6-519/03/05.001-(0016)|emergenCity TP Bock
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 12:18
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 12:41
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