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Keying Material Based Key Pre-distribution Scheme for Sensor Networks
Zhihong Liu, Jianfeng Ma, Qiping Huang and Sang Jae Moon

A key distribution scheme is a method by which initially an off-line trusted authority distributes pieces of information among a set of users. Later, each member of a group of users can compute a common key for secure communication. In this paper we present a keying material based key pre-distribution scheme, i.e., a group of users, using secret information preloaded in their memory and pieces of public information retrieved from a keying material server, can compute a common key. We prove lower bounds on the amount of information each user has to keep secret in such scheme. Then, we present its adaptation to sensor networks.

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