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LEE: Light‐Weight Energy‐Efficient encryption algorithm for sensor networks

Komninos, N., Soroush, H. & Salajegheh, M. (2007). LEE: Light‐Weight Energy‐Efficient encryption algorithm for sensor networks. Paper presented at the IEEE 9th International Symposium on Communication Theory & Applications (ISCTA’07), 16 - 20 July 2007, Ambleside, UK.


Data confidentiality in wireless sensor networks is mainly achieved by RC5 and Skipjack encryption algorithms. However, both algorithms have their weaknesses, for example RC5 supports variable-bit rotations, which are computationally expensive operations and Skipjack uses a key length of 80-bits, which is subject to brute force attack. In this paper we introduce a light-weight energy- fficient encryption-algorithm (LEE) for tiny embedded devices, such as sensor network nodes. We present experimental results of LEE under real sensor nodes operating in TinyOS. We also discuss the secrecy of our algorithm by presenting a security analysis of various tests and cryptanalytic attacks.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Publisher Keywords: Feistel network, block cipher, wireless sensor networks, encryption, cryptanalysis
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Software Reliability
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