Security and Performance issues in VANET

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Security and Performance issues in VANET

Bharathi M, Preethi

Department of Computer Science & Engineering, SJCIT


Abstract- A Vehicular Ad-Hoc Network or VANET is a form of Mobile Ad-Hoc Network or MANET which provides communication between vehicles and between vehicles and road-side base stations. A vehicle in VANET is considered to be an intelligent mobile node capable of communicating with its neighbors and other vehicles in the network. In order to achieve a good performance of safety-related protocols, we propose to limit the load sent to the channel using a strict fairness criterion among the nodes. Bandwidth issues arise in this type of networks due to the potential large number of nodes. Data aggregation addresses these issues avoiding the dissemination of similar messages in the network.


VANET, Wireless sensors, data aggregation, security of VANETs

  1. Introduction:

    Vehicular Ad-Hoc Network, or VANET, is a form of Mobile ad-hoc network, to provide communications among nearby vehicles and between vehicles and nearby fixed equipment, usually described as roadside equipment. In VANET, or Intelligent Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networking, defines an intelligent way of using Vehicular Networking. In VANET integrates on multiple ad-hoc networking technologies such as WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g, WiMAX IEEE 802.16,Bluetooth, IRA, ZigBee for easy, accurate, effective and simple communication between vehicles on dynamic mobility. VANET is mainly designed to provide safety related information, traffic management, and infotainment services. Safety and traffic management require real time information and this conveyed information can affect life or death decisions. Simple and effective security mechanism is the major problem of deploying VANET in public. Without security, a Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANET) system is wide open to a number of attacks such as propagation of false warning messages as well as suppression of actual warning messages, thereby causing accidents. This makes security a factor of major concern in building such networks. VANET are of prime importance, as they are likely to be amongst the first commercial application of ad hoc network technology. Vehicles are the majority of all the nodes, which are capable of forming self organizing networks with no prior knowledge of each other, whose security level is very low and they are the most vulnerable part of the network which can be attacked easily. Figure 1 shows the basic units of VANET[21].

    Fig 1: Basic units of VANET

  2. Related work

    The networks that interconnect vehicles on road are called Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANETs) [2], [3], [4], [14]. A mobile ad hoc network (MANET) consists of mobile nodes that connect themselves in a decentralized, self-organizing manner and may also establish multi-hop routes. If mobile nodes are cars this is called vehicular ad hoc network [15].

    The main target of research in VANETs is the im- provements of vehicle safety by means of inter vehicular communication (IVC) [3]. Several different applications are emerging in VANETs. These applications include safety applications to make driving much safer, mobile commerce, and other information services that will inform drivers about any type of congestion, driving hazards, accidents , traffic jams [2], [4], [9], [10], [16]. VANETs have several different aspects compared to MANETs, in that the nodes move with high velocity because of which the topology changes rapidly [2], [3], [9], [11], [12], [13]. VANETs are also prone to several different attacks. Therefore, the security is of VANETs is indispensable. VANETs pose many challenges on technology, protocols, security which increase the need for research in this field [17].

    In the past years, in-network aggregation schemes for vehicular networks received increasing research attention. The research area is related to aggregation mechanisms for wireless sensor networks (WSNs), but due to differing requirements, like high node mobility in VANETS, WSN aggregation mechanisms cannot be easily adopted [2]. Most VANET aggregation mechanisms are targeted towards one specific use case, often dissemination of average speeds on

    road segments, while mentioning applicability to other use cases, as well. Similarly, generic modeling schemes for network data have been proposed in different research

    domains. These models are usually crafted towards centralized systems and used as a data structure to support algorithms working on the contained data.

  3. VANET Security Architecture

    Although handling security issues in VANET is very tough, because handling security issues will increase the overhead cost and also the functional cost. VANET will be executed when cost management and security handling issues, both will be reduced or compromised so that the system becomes effective from both the point of views. While going through all the papers each and every paper gave us certain information. VANET follows a simple security architecture which is underlined below [1, 3].

    to store cryptographic material (private keys) and a trusted (tamper proof) clock.

    The proposed solution is based on transferring authenticated messages with the help of base stations, monitoring center and road side situated camera. The message authentication is monitored by the Central Authority (CA), i.e. monitoring center and at the same time, spreading proper messages to all the vehicle is also monitored by CA. There are certain assumptions which are considered beforehand, i.e. deploying the whole proposed system. It will be discussed through out, while describing the system.Tamper-proof device (TPD) will take care of storing all the cryptographic material and performing cryptographic operations, especially signing and verifying safety messages.


    Data aggregation is used to combine correlated infor- mation

    from different nodes before redistributing the informa- tion into the network. The aim is to decrease the num- ber of disseminated messages which in systems with a continuously update of information (e.g. traffic sys- tems that keeps informs the drivers with the traffic con- ditions) will result in a dramatically decrease of the overhead.

    Information flow

    Aggregation mechanism

    Fig 2: VANET Security Architecture

    The basic architecture consists of Network nodes which can be either Vehicles or Road Side Infrastructure and existing Registration Authorities for vehicle registration and record maintenance.

    These nodes will be installed with required sensors for gaining information, processing units for processing the collected or received information and communication system for disseminating information to and receiving information from other nodes. A secure system, besides the basic network nodes, will consist of a Vehicular Public Key infrastructure (PKI), a Secure Computing platform and various security mechanisms. Secure mechanisms comprise identity management using Electronic License Plates with certified public and private keys attached to the owner, Authentication and Integrity using Digital Signatures, Privacy using Pseudonyms, Pseudonym handling and Certification Revocation mechanisms.

    A Vehicular PKI will consist of the national and state level registration authorities acting as Certification Authorities

    (CAs) which will issue certified public/private key pairs to vehicles. A Secure Computing platform on a vehicle will consist of tamper resistant hardware ad firmware. Its job is

    Architecture model

    Fig 3: Aggregation modeling

    Information flow: The goal of the information flow model is to visualize aggregated information and its origins from the viewpoint of one particular vehicle after a given aggregation scheme has run a certain amount of time. To model the information flow, we start with a one-dimensional street, on which a number of vehicles are positioned at regular intervals.[5][6] All vehicle positions are assumed to be static. Introducing vehicle mobility to the information flow would complicate the resulting graph without providing additional information.

    Aggregation mechanism: Information originating from one or more cars about an interval in time and/or space. Examples for aggregated information are there are 50 free parking spots in the harbor district, the average speed on the motorway M1 between kilometer 20 and 25 is 50 kph, or on Main Street, at kilometer 6.2, there is an icy road interval

    of 500m length.[10] A survey of the data aggregation solutions in VANETs reveals that there are two high level approaches for making use of data aggregation schemes in VANETs. Data is then analyzed to see whether there is any correlation between atomic data items. If it is decided that there is data correlation, then data is fused. Data, aggregated or not depending on the correlation, is further disseminated in the network.

    Architecture Model: The following four tasks fully describe a generic aggregation scheme:

    1. Decide whether data items can be aggregated

    2. Fuse several data items together

    3. Manage the information available to a node in a world model, and

    4. Disseminate parts of the information to other nodes.

  5. Applications

    Some of the application where the security- related and improvements of performance play important roles is listed below:

    Collision Avoidance

    V-V and V-I Communications can save many lives and prevent injuries. In this application, if a vehicle reduces its speed significantly after observing an accident or experiencing an accident, it will broadcast its location to its neighbor vehicles. And other receivers will try to relay the message further and the vehicle in question will emit some kind of alarm to its drivers and other drivers behind. In this way, more drivers far behind will get an alarm signal before they see the accident and can take any decision for his betterment.

    Cooperative Driving

    The drivers play the leading part in this application. Like violation warning, turn conflict warning, curve warning, lane merging warning etc. These services may greatly reduce the life-endangering accidents. In fact, many of the accidents come from the lack of cooperation between drivers. Given more information about the possible conflicts, we can prevent many accidents.

    Traffic Optimization

    In this application the vehicles could serve as data collectors and transmit the traffic condition information for the vehicular network. To be more specific, in this application, vehicles could detect if the number of neighboring vehicles is too many and or the speed of vehicles is too slow, and then relay this information to vehicles approaching the location. To make it work better, the information can be relayed by vehicles traveling in the other direction so that it may be

    propagated faster to the vehicles toward the congestion location. In this way, the vehicles approaching the congestion location will have enough time to choose alternate routes.

    Payment Services

    This application is very suitable for toll collection without even decelerating the car or waiting in line.

    Location-based Services

    Finding the closest fuel station, restaurant, lodge etc can be done effectively using location based service. Although, GPS systems have such kinds of services already present in it but it can also be achieved using VANET.


In this paper we proposed a system that can be used for authentication of messages,. Firstly we discussed the overview of the network, applications and system requirements of VANET security. Later we discussed the aggregation mechanism in detail. Then we discussed about some of the applications which uses the security-related and performance improvements in VANET application. Still there is a lots of scope and challenge in VANET security and per- formance related concepts.


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