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Dan Deng, Xutao Li, Lisheng Fan, Wen Zhou, Rose Qingyang Hu, Zhili Zhou, "Secrecy Analysis of Multiuser Untrusted Amplify-and-Forward Relay Networks", *Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing*, vol. 2017, Article ID 9580639, 11 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9580639

# Secrecy Analysis of Multiuser Untrusted Amplify-and-Forward Relay Networks

**Academic Editor:**Gonzalo Vazquez-Vilar

#### Abstract

This paper investigates the secure communications of multiuser untrusted amplify-and-forward relay networks in the presence of direct links. In the considered system, one user is selected among multiple ones for secure transmission to the destination node with the help of an untrusted relay node. To reduce the information leakage to the untrusted relay, the paper considers two selection criteria to select the user based on the direct and the relaying links, respectively. The impact of direct and the relaying link on the system secrecy performance is studied by deriving the close-form ergodic secrecy rate (ESR) as well as the asymptotic expression. From the asymptotic expression, it can be found that the asymptotic ESR increases linearly with the logarithm of the average channel gain ratio of the direct link to the relaying link.

#### 1. Introduction

The information transmission and processing have been attracting much attention in recent years [1–8], during which the security plays an important role [9–12]. Due to the broadcast nature of wireless channel, physical layer security in cooperative relay networks has attracted great interests. Secure MIMO communication was investigated in [13, 14] within the framework of Wyners wiretap channel [15]. In order to prevent the information leakage, some useful schemes such as artificial noise [16–18] and antenna/user selection [19, 20] have been proposed and comprehensively analyzed. The secure relay beamforming problems are investigated in [21], and rank-1 relay beamformer has been proved to be globally optimal with imperfect channel state information (CSI). As an improvement, [22] analyzed the globally optimal relay beamformer with complete CSI as well as with partial eavesdroppers CSI. Specifically, under a stochastic geometry framework, authors in [23] studied the secure multiantenna transmission coexisting with randomly located eavesdroppers.

Besides, user selection, which can efficiently exploit the multiuser diversity in the wireless communication system, has been widely adopted to enhance the system performance. In [24–27], the impact of outdated channel state information on secrecy outage probability (SOP) was studied. In [28], three criteria were proposed to select the best relay and user pair, and the corresponding analytical expressions for the secrecy outage probability were derived. For a multiuser scheme with cooperative jamming, authors in [29] revealed that the ergodic secrecy rate (ESR) for the optimal user selection scheme can be increased as the number of users. Also, in [30] two relay and jammer selection methods were developed for SOP minimization. Authors in [31] considered the joint impact of direct and relaying links on the user selection criterion in multiuser cognitive relay networks by deriving an exact closed-form expression for outage probability. The secure communications with full-duplex relaying and large scale system were studied in [32–35].

Moreover, in some application scenarios, the user-destination pair attempts to keep secret from an untrusted relay, despite that the cooperation relaying is still needed [36]. He and Yener [37] provided an achievable secrecy rate analysis for the general untrusted relay channel. Authors in [38] proposed an iterative algorithm for the jointly design of user and relay beamformers with an untrusted relay. In [39], with multiple untrusted relay nodes, the lower bound and the asymptotic analysis of ESR for suboptimal relay selection strategy were derived by using the extreme value theory. Considering the optimal power allocation in untrusted relay networks, [40] analyzed the asymptotic ESR for large antenna number. Authors in [41] concerned about joint design of secure beamforming at the source and the relay for an amplify-and-forward (AF) MIMO untrusted relay system. Based on linear beamforming, [42] presented an imbalanced beamforming for secure utilization of an untrusted relay networks.

Most of existing literatures investigated the impact of the relaying links. However, few attentions are paid to the effects of the direct links for the untrusted relay networks. Authors in [43] derived the exact secrecy outage probability of an opportunistic transmission scheme with an untrusted relay in single user networks. In this model, there are two transmission modes in the system model: the direct link and the triangular link. Our paper extends to a multiuser scenario with two-phase signals directly combined by the destination. Moreover, we derive analytical expression of the secrecy capacity for two suboptimal criteria, which is applicable for delay-tolerant communication. To the best of our knowledge, no prior work has considered the joint impact of the direct and relaying links for multiuser untrusted relay networks.

This paper studies the secure communications of multiuser untrusted amplify-and-forward relay networks in the presence of direct links. In the considered systems, one user is selected among multiple ones for secure transmission to the destination node with the help of an untrusted relay node, while the relay may wiretap the signals sent from the selected user. To reduce the information leakage, we consider two selection criteria for user selection based on direct and relaying links, respectively. We study the impact of the direct and relaying links on the system secrecy performance by deriving the analytical ESR as well as the asymptotic expression. Numerical simulation results are provided to validate the theoretical analysis.

*Notations*. We use to denote that , by definition, equals . and denote the base-2 and natural logarithms, respectively. For a random variable , denotes the probability density function of , and denotes the expectation of a random variable . Also, indicates that random variable is a circularly symmetric complex-valued Gaussian random variable with mean and variance . The notation - denotes the link from to .

#### 2. System Model

Figure 1 depicts the system model of two-phase untrusted amplify-and-forward relay networks with user selection, which consists of user nodes (), an untrusted AF relay node (), and a destination node (). There exist direct links between the users and the destination, as well as a relaying link. All the nodes are assumed to be equipped with a single antenna and operate in the half-duplex time-division mode.

We consider that the relay system works in two-phase mode as follows. In the first phase, one of the user is selected for information transmission, while the relay and the destination receive the wireless signal from the selected user node, respectively. Besides, the relay can intercept the signal simultaneously. The aim of the selection criteria is to prevent the information leakage by the untrusted relay as well as to increase the capacity of the legitimate link. In the second phase, the relay amplifies and forwards the received signal to the destination.

The destination node and the relay node can easily estimate their channel parameters, with the help of some pilot signals for users. Then gathers the CSI of - through some dedicated feedback channels. After that, performs user selection and broadcasts the index of the selected user to other nodes in the network.

To recover the original information from the user, the destination combines the direct link signal and relaying link signal by MRC receiver. The received noise of every link is modelled as an independent additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) with zero mean and variance equals . Let and denote the instantaneous channel fading coefficients of -, -, and - links, respectively, where denotes the Complex Gaussian random distribution with mean and variance . We assume that all links between different nodes are quasistatic Rayleigh fading and stochastically independent between each other. The channel fading coefficient of each link remains constant within each transmission, while varies independently from one frame to another. Different from [43] where only one source node is considered, we address on the secure multiuser communication in amplify-and-forward relay networks. More importantly, we utilize both the direct and the relay links simultaneously, which makes our schemes better than the opportunistic transmission scheme. Specifically, [43] analyzed the secrecy outage probability behavior, while this paper studies the secrecy capacity, which is applicable for delay-tolerant communication and give us new insights into the secrecy performance.

Given that is selected in the first phase, the signal received at relay can be written as where is the transmission power of the user station, denotes the transmission signal from with constant unit power, and is the AWGN received at relay with power . Then the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at relay in the first phase is where and is the instantaneous power of channel fading coefficients of the - link. The untrusted relay intercepts messages from the wireless channel just as an eavesdropper, and the capacity of the illegal link is

Similarly, the signal received at destination can be expressed as where is the AWGN received at destination with power in the first phase. Then the SNR at destination is where is the instantaneous power of channel fading coefficients of the - link.

In the second phase, the relay amplifies and forwards the received signal in the previous phase with transmission power , and the power amplifier factor is For the sake of fairness, it is assumed that the total transmission power of system is fixed as . Then we can give the following definitions: where is the normalized power allocation factor for the relay.

Then the received signal at destination in the second phase is given by where is the AWGN received at destination with power in the second phase. Then the corresponding SNR at destination is expressed as where . Using MRC receiver to combining the two-phase signals from the selected user and the relay, the equivalent SNR at destination is given by Then the capacity of the legitimate link can be calculated as Then the secrecy rate of the system can be expressed as the difference between and . According to [44], the secrecy rate of the system, with being the selected user node, is given by where and .

#### 3. Secrecy-Enhanced User Selection

From the secrecy rate given in (12), the optimal user can be selected based on which however requires continuously monitoring the channel parameters of both the direct and relaying links. This imposes a severe load on the system. Moreover, in some specific practical communication scenarios such as ad hoc or sensor networks in [45], the system may only know the channel parameters of either direct links or relaying links of users. For example, if the feedback signaling of the direct (relaying) links is unavailable due to the limited bandwidth or equipment complexity, only the CSI of the relaying (direct) links can be obtained. In this case, we need to consider the user selection criterion based on the relaying links or direct links only.

Considering the scenarios where the system only knows CSI of the direct links, the optimal selection criterion in (13) can be implemented as This criterion selects the user with optimal channel gain of the direct links, which also guarantees the maximization of instantaneous secrecy rate when only the channel parameters of direct links are obtained by the system.

For other scenarios where the system only knows CSI of the relaying links, the optimal selection criterion in (13) can be implemented as This criterion selects the user with the minimal channel gain of the - links, which results in maximization of instantaneous secrecy rate by reducing the capacity of the eavesdropping channel.

For convenience of notation, we will refer to the selection criterion in (14) and (15) as Criterion I and Criterion II, respectively. In the following, we will investigate the ergodic secrecy rate (ESR) as well as the asymptotic ESR for Criterion I and Criterion II.

Note the expression of the secrecy rate in (12), when the total transmission power of system is large enough, we observed that the secrecy rate is a monotone decreasing function with respect to and a monotone increasing function with respect to . In the case that only the CSI of the direct links is available, the proposed Criterion I is preferred, while in the case that only the CSI of the relaying links is available, the proposed Criterion II leads to the maximization of the system secrecy rate, since the secrecy rate is decreasing with respect to .

#### 4. Secrecy Rate Analysis

First, to reduce the complexity of the theoretical analysis, an approximation approach [46, Eq. 6] [47, Eq. 2] [48, Eq. 2] should be adopted for (12); namely, where .

Note that the approximation in (16) is widely used in existing literatures such as [46–48].

##### 4.1. Criterion I

The probability distribution function of can be written as According to the order statistics [49], for Criterion I in (14), the probability distribution function of can be expressed as

The ESR of Criterion I can be derived from (16) and written as

Similar to [50, Eq. 16], the operator can be ignored. Then the tight approximation can be used for the expression of ESR as

Note that the approximation in (20) is a necessary approximation for capacity analysis, such as [50]. Furthermore, both of the approximations in (16) and (20) will be confirmed by the simulation results in the later part of this paper. It is seen that the approximation results match the simulation results very well. In a word, since it is hard to obtain the exact analysis, we have to use the two approximations to derive the results.

Since is selected only based on , due to the statistical independence between and , the distribution of keeps the same with . Then the ESR of Criterion I can be rewritten as

According to the full probability formula [46, Eq. 7], the ESR can be written as

Lemma 1. *Given that is the exponential integral function [51, Eq. 8.211], the definite integral of combined with the exponential function can be written as where .*

The proof of Lemma 1 is given in Appendix A.

Theorem 2. *The ESR of Criterion I can be written as with*

The proof of Theorem 2 is given in Appendix B.

##### 4.2. Criterion II

Considering the Criterion II in (15), the cumulative distribution function of can be expressed as and the corresponding probability distribution function can be written as

Similar to the derivation in (19) and (20), due to the statistical independence between and , the ESR of Criterion II can be derived from (16) and can be written as Using the full probability formula [46, Eq. 7] yields

Similar to Theorem 2, substituting (27) and (17) into in (29) and using Lemma 1, we obtain where , , and is defined in (25).

For the third item of , substituting (27) into in (29) and using [51, Eq. 4.337] yield

Substituting (30) and (31) into (29), the ESR of Criterion II can be written as

##### 4.3. Asymptotic Analysis

To reveal the insights into the secrecy performance of different selection criteria with untrusted relay, we will focus on the asymptotic behavior of ESR, where the total transmission power of the system is high and the channel gain of the direct links is large enough.

Lemma 3. *The difference of and can be written as*

The proof of Lemma 3 is given in Appendix C.

Applying Lemma 3 on (24), using the equation , and removing the infinitesimal, the asymptotic ESR for Criterion I can be rewritten aswhere .

It is shown that the asymptotic ESR remains linearly with the logarithm of the average channel gain ratio of the the direct link to the relaying link.

Similarly, by using Lemma 3, the asymptotic ESR of Criterion II in (32) can be derived as

Obviously, the asymptotic ESR of Criterion II increases linearly with the logarithm of the number of users, as well as the average channel gain ratio of the direct link to the relaying link.

Furthermore, when the number of users approaches infinity, the behavior of the ESR performance is investigated. Consider Criterion II, when the number of users , the CDF of can be written as

That is to say, when the number of users approaches infinity, . According to (28), the ESR of Criterion II can be derived as Using (17) and [51, Eq. 4.337.2], the ESR of Criterion II can be rewritten as

We can conclude that the ESR of Criterion II is only related to the quality of the main links when the number of users approaches infinity.

#### 5. Numerical Simulation

In this section, numerical simulation results are provided to validate the theoretical analysis for the considered system model. We consider the effects of total transmission power (), the number of user nodes (), and the distance between the relay and destination () on the ergodic secrecy rate as well as the asymptotic ESR, respectively.

Without loss of generality, it is assumed that three types of nodes constitute a two-dimensional topology. The destination lies at the origin, and the user nodes are placed along -axis, where the distance between the users and destination is fixed to one. The relay is located along -axis, and the normalized distance between the relay and destination is denoted by . As mentioned before, we assume that all links between different nodes are quasistatic Rayleigh fading and stochastically independent between each other. The path loss factor of the wireless channel is set as ; that is, , and . Note that this assumption can be easily extended to other general topologies. Furthermore, the power of AWGN is assumed to be fixed as dBmW.

Figure 2 presents the results of analytical ESR for Criterion I in (24) as a function of . For a considerable well condition, we set and and increases from 1 to 10. We can see from this figure that the analytical ESR curves match the simulation ESR curves well in all regions. In addition, we investigate the effects of number of users on the ESR. Note that the ESR increases with the number of users, as more users can achieve more multiuser diversity because of the independent channel fading. Specifically, the system gain on secrecy capacity grows more slowly as increases. Similar results can be observed for Criterion II from Figure 3, in which system parameters remain the same as Figure 2.

Figure 4 gives a comparison of ESR performance between the proposed selection criteria and the optimal user selection criterion in (13), with system parameters , and . It is seen from Figure 4 that Criterion I outperforms Criterion II in the low region, while Criterion II gives capacity gain in the high region. Furthermore, the analytical ESR tends to converge to the asymptotic ESR for both Criterion I and Criterion II. We can find that, with low and medium regions, Criterion I approaches the secure performance of the optimal selection. Also, simulation results validate the analytical results as well as the asymptotic analysis.

Figure 5 demonstrates the effects of the number of users on ESR for Criterion I and Criterion II and the optimal criterion with dBmW, , and . The number of users changes from 1 to 10. We can see from this figure that the system performance improves rapidly with . Furthermore, Criterion I holds obvious secrecy capacity gain than Criterion II for all values. Similarly, the asymptotic ESR curves match well with the analytical ESR curves, as well as the simulation curves. On the other hand, the optimal criterion, which needs the CSI of both the direct and relaying links, shows better performance than Criterion I and Criterion II, especially when is large enough. The reason is that Criterion I and Criterion II only utilize either the CSI of the direct links or that of the relaying links, while the optimal criterion benefits from both two types of links. Then the optimal strategy outperforms Criterion I and Criterion II.

Generally speaking, when the direct links are more reliable than the relaying links, Criterion I will be preferred. Conversely, when the relaying links are stronger, Criterion II will be a good choice. In Figure 5, the distance between the relay and destination () is large enough; hence the average channel gain of the direct links is much larger than that of the relaying links. In this case, Criterion I has superiority over Criterion II in high region. On the contrary, the average channel gain of the relaying links in Figure 4 is much larger than that of the Figure 5. In high region, Criterion II exhibits better ESR performances, while in low and medium regions, both of the links are interferenced by the noise, Criterion I, which directly increases the capacity of the main channel, leads to the better ESR performance.

Figure 6 depicts the effects of the distance between the relay node and the destination node on ESR for Criterion I and Criterion II and the optimal criterion with dBmW, , and . The distance parameter changes from 2 to 10. From the figure, we can see that ESR steadily increases with , which fits with normal intuitions. Moreover, we find that the optimal criterion outperforms Criterion I and Criterion II, as it utilizes both the direct and relay links for the secure transmission. With the system configuration, if the relay node is close to the destination node, that is, , Criterion II gives better ESR performance than Criterion I. The reason is that more information can be intercepted if is within small region, and the eavesdropping channel plays a key role on ESR. Then Criterion II, which can directly reduce the gain of the eavesdropping channel, becomes a better scheme. Due to the pass loss, if the relay node is far from the destination, the average gain of the eavesdropping channel deteriorates rapidly, and the direct link plays more important role than the eavesdropping channel. In this case, Criterion I will be preferable.

#### 6. Conclusion

In this paper, we analyze the effect of untrusted relay on the ergodic secrecy rate of amplify-and-forward relay networks in the presence of direct links and multiple users, where the best user is selected to transmit signal to the relay as well as the destination. To reduce the complexity of implementation, we consider two suboptimal selection criteria which are based on the direct and relaying link, respectively. We investigate the impact of both the direct and relaying links on secrecy performance by deriving the close-form analytical ESR as well as the asymptotic expressions. Simulation results are provided to confirm the theoretical analysis. From the asymptotic expressions and simulation results, it can be found that the asymptotic ESR increases linearly with with the logarithm of the average channel gain ratio of the direct link to the relaying link.

#### Appendix

#### A. Proof of Lemma 1

Considering the definition of , we can havewhere can be easily fulfilled by the variables substitution, is obtained by using [51, Eq. 8.211], and is decided by using [51, Eq. 3.352.3].

Lemma 1 is proved.

#### B. Proof of Theorem 2

First, consider the first item of ESR of Criterion I in (22); using probability distribution function and substituting (17) and (18) into (22), can be rewritten as where is obtained by using [51, Eq. 4.337]. Therefore, substituting (23) into (B.1) and performing basic mathematical manipulations, we obtain the expression of in (B.2).

The first item of ESR of Criterion I can be written aswhere and are defined in (25).

Similarly, by using [51, Eq. 4.337] and (23), the second item of ESR of Criterion I can be expressed as that is, .

Consider the third item of ESI of Criterion I in (22); using probability distribution function and substituting [51, Eq. 4.337] into yield

By using the equation and substituting (B.2), (B.3), and (B.4) into (22), we obtain (24) in Theorem 2.

#### C. Proof of Lemma 3

By using [51, eq. 8.214] and [51, Eq. 1.121], the series expansion of and can be expressed aswhere is a constant parameter.

Substituting (C.1) into (33) and removing the first order infinitesimal, we can obtain Lemma 3 is proved.

#### Competing Interests

The authors declare that the mentioned received fundings did not lead to any conflict of interests regarding the publication of this manuscript. Also, the authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work was supported by Science and Technology Program of Guangzhou, China (no. 201605131408424), the Scientific Research Project of Guangzhou Municipal University (no. 1201620439), Guangzhou Science of Education Research Program in the 12th Five-Year Plan (no. 1201431075), Qingshanhu Young Scholar Program in GZPYP (no. 2016Q001), the National Science Foundation grants ECCS-1308006, the National Science Foundation of China (no. 61372129/61471229/61601275), and Guangdong Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar (no. 2014A030306027).

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