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Keywords:

  • mobile ad hoc network;
  • identity;
  • identity-based public key cryptography

Abstract

In this paper, we explore the ‘interface’ between identity-based public key cryptography (ID-PKC) and mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). In particular, we examine the problem of naming and namespace design in an identity-based key infrastructure (IKI). We examine the potential impact that different types of identifiers may have on the utility of ad hoc networks where an IKI provides the underlying key infrastructure. We also highlight a number of open problems inherent in extending namespaces to allow inter-operability amongst heterogeneous trust domains. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.