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Mobile distributed authentication protocol

Alshahri, A. and Smith, D.G. and Irvine, J. (2003) Mobile distributed authentication protocol. In: International Symposium on Wireless Systems and Networks, 2003-03-24 - 2003-03-26.

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Networks access control is a crucial topic and authentication is a pre-requisite of that process. Most existing authentication protocols (for example that used in the GSM mobile network) are centralised. Depending on a single entity is undesirable as it has security, trust and availability issues. This paper proposes a new protocol, GSM-secure network access protocol (G-SNAP). In G-SNAP, the authentication procedure and network access control is handled by a quorum of authentication centres. The advantages of the novel protocol include increased security, availability and distributed trust.