Mobile distributed authentication protocol

A. Alshahri, D.G. Smith, J. Irvine

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventInternational Symposium on Wireless Systems and Networks - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 24 Mar 200326 Mar 2003


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Wireless Systems and Networks
Abbreviated titleISWSN'03
Country/TerritorySaudi Arabia


  • mobile
  • distributed
  • authentication protocol
  • g-snap
  • gsm-secure network access


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