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A System for the Verication of Location Claims

Graham, Michelle (2010) A System for the Verication of Location Claims. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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As location becomes an increasingly important piece of context information regarding a device, so too must the method of providing this information increase in reliability. In many situations, false location information may impact the security or objectives of the system to which it has been supplied. Research concerning localization and location verication addresses this issue. The majority of solutions, however, revolve around a trusted infrastructure to provide a certied location. This thesis presents an enhanced design for a location verication system, moving verication away from infrastructure-based approaches. Instead, an ad hoc approach is presented, employing regular local devices in the role usually reserved for trusted entities - the role of the evidence provider. We begin with an introduction to the area of localization, outlining the primary techniques employed. We summarize previous approaches, highlighting the improvements and outstanding issues of each. Following this, we outline a novel metric for use with distance bounding to increase the accuracy of evidence extracted from the distance bounding process. We show through emulation that this metric is feasible within an IEEE 802.11 wireless network. We detail the Secure Location Verication Proof Gathering Protocol (SLVPGP), a protocol designed to protect the process of evidence gathering. We employ our novel metric to conrm the presence of a device in an area. We repeatedly extend the SLVPGP's basic design to form three protocols, each with increasingly stronger security. These protocols are formally veried to conrm their specied security properties. To complete the design of our verication system, we present two approaches to judging a claim based on the evidence supplied. We demonstrate the accuracy of these approach through simulation. We also include a brief outline of the concept of reputation and discuss an existing appr

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:19 October 2010
Supervisor(s):Gray, David
Subjects:Computer Science > Computer security
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology
ID Code:15754
Deposited On:04 Apr 2011 16:22 by David Gray. Last Modified 04 Apr 2011 16:22

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