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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 768489, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/768489
Research Article

Logic-Based Security Architecture for Systems Providing Multihop Communication

1Computer Science Department, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan
2Computer Information Systems Department, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan

Received 16 June 2012; Revised 1 September 2012; Accepted 2 September 2012

Academic Editor: Leonardo B. Oliveira

Copyright © 2013 Iman Almomani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Security is a basic element of distributed systems such as ad hoc and sensor communication networks. Several standards define security requirements and enforcers, such as ITU-T Recommendations X.800 and X.805. It is essential to specify and analyze protocols to know which security requirements they achieve. This paper presents a logic-based security architecture (LBSA). LBSA is a systematic way to test if a protocol is secure by checking what security requirements are achieved. Different rules, actions, and sets which fit into the proposed LBSA are included, new ones are also added to complete the architecture. The key advantage of LBSA is that it enables a security protocol to prove its correctness mathematically. Mathematical proofs provided by LBSA cover more cases that usually cannot be covered exhaustively by simulation tools. This paper also specifies and analyzes several security enforcers and protocols and mathematically proves which security requirements they achieve. Mapping between security requirements and inference rules/actions is also provided to facilitate the use of LBSA. Some enforcers are analyzed using LBSA to demonstrate how they achieve security requirements. Finally, we take Ariadne protocol as a case study and show how to use the proposed LBSA architecture to prove that this protocol is secure.