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Distance-avoiding sequences for extremely low-bandwidth authentication

Collins, Michael J.; Mitchell, Scott A.

We develop a scheme for providing strong cryptographic authentication on a stream of messages which consumes very little bandwidth (as little as one bit per message) and is robust in the presence of dropped messages. Such a scheme should be useful for extremely low-power, low-bandwidth wireless sensor networks and "smart dust" applications. The tradeoffs among security, memory, bandwidth, and tolerance for missing messages give rise to several new optimization problems. We report on experimental results and derive bounds on the performance of the scheme. © 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.