Trust-based secure directed diffusion routing protocol in WSN

Xinying Yu, Fengyin Li*, Tao Li, Nan Wu, Hua Wang, Huiyu Zhou

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Deployed in the monitoring environment, Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is a measurement and control network composed of miniature and low-cost sensors with sensing, computing, and communication capabilities. The design of the Directed Diffusion (DD) routing protocol is one of the key problems in WSN. In order to obtain the confidentiality of sensing data and solve the unreliability of relay nodes in the existing DD routing protocols, this paper designs an Energy Trust Model (ETM) by introducing the remaining energy and trust of a node. We further propose a Trust-based Secure Directed Diffusion Routing protocol (TSDDR) based on the model. The proposed protocol achieves the establishment of a credible communication path and the transmission of confidential data in WSN. Meanwhile, the balance of energy consumption and the privacy of sensing data can be ensured. The performance analysis results show that the TSDDR protocol can effectively defeat against MITM attacks and prevent the malicious nodes’ impersonation. At the same time, the protocol achieves secure end-to-end anonymous communication with acceptable energy overhead and computational complexity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing
Early online date10 Nov 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 10 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partly funded by EU Horizon 2020 DOMINOES Project (Grant Number: 771066) and CERNET Innovation Project (NGII20181201)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Anonymous communication
  • Directed diffusion routing protocol
  • Energy trust model
  • Relay node
  • Wireless sensor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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