Towards privacy aware pseudonymless strategy for avoiding profile generation in VANET

Rasheed Hussain*, Sangjin Kim, Heekuck Oh

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Inspiring from MANET (Mobile Ad hoc NETworks), VANET (Vehicular Ad hoc NETworks) employing vehicles as nodes, provide a wide range of applications in transportation system. The security of VANET has been a hot topic among the research community. VANETs must meet the basic security requirements such as authentication, integrity, confidentiality and privacy. In VANET, vehicles send beacon messages periodically every 100-300ms which carry speed and position information used for safe driving. The privacy of user is abused by profile generation where the adversary makes movement profiles against the vehicle using the identity information in the beacon. We outline the strategies using pseudonyms to provide privacy of user. After finding out deficiencies in pseudonym-based schemes, we propose a pseudonymless strategy to avoid profilation. In our scheme, we assume that each car is equipped with TRH (Tamper-Resistant Hardware) carrying out secure operations. Our proposed scheme assures the avoidance of profile generation without using mix zones and silent periods. We show that our proposed scheme is computationally efficient and less bandwidth consuming than other systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Security Applications - 10th International Workshop, WISA 2009, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event10th International Workshop on Information Security Applications, WISA 2009 - Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 25 Aug 200927 Aug 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5932 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Workshop on Information Security Applications, WISA 2009
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (KRF-2008-313-D01024).The research was also supported by Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Korea, under the HNRC (Home Network Research Center)- ITRC (Information Technology Research Center) support program supervised by the Institute of Information Technology Assessment.


  • Privacy
  • Profile Generation


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