Cross-domain authentication for 5G-enabled UAVs: A blockchain approach

Bin Liu*, Keping Yu, Chaosheng Feng, Kim Kwang Raymond Choo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While 5G facilitates high-speed Internet access and makes over-the-horizon control a reality for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), there are also potential security and privacy considerations, for example, authentication among drones. The centralized authentication approaches not only suffer from a single point of failure, but they are also incapable of cross-domain authentication, which complicates the cooperation of drones from different domains. To address these challenges, we propose a blockchain-based solution to achieve cross-domain authentication for 5G-enabled UAVs. Our approach employs multiple signatures based on threshold sharing to build an identity federation for collaborative domains. Reliable communication between cross-domain devices is achieved by utilizing smart contract for authentication. Our performance evaluations show the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDroneCom 2021 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM MobiCom Workshop on Drone Assisted Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages25-30
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387057
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 29
Event4th ACM MobiCom Workshop on Drone Assisted Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond, DroneCom 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 2021 Oct 29 → …

Publication series

NameDroneCom 2021 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM MobiCom Workshop on Drone Assisted Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond

Conference

Conference4th ACM MobiCom Workshop on Drone Assisted Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond, DroneCom 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period21/10/29 → …

Keywords

  • 5G-enabled UAVs
  • blockchain
  • cross-domain authentication
  • distributed collaboration
  • smart contract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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