Wanda: securely introducing mobile devices -- Extended version


Timothy J. Pierson, Xiaohui Liang, Ronald Peterson, and David Kotz. Wanda: securely introducing mobile devices -- Extended version. Technical Report number TR2016-789, Dartmouth Computer Science, February 2016. ©Copyright the authors. Expanded version of the INFOCOM 2016 paper by the same title. Later revised as pierson:wanda.


Nearly every setting is increasingly populated with wireless and mobile devices -- whether appliances in a home, medical devices in a health clinic, sensors in an industrial setting, or devices in an office or school. There are three fundamental operations when bringing a new device into any of these settings: (1) to configure the device to join the wireless local-area network, (2) to partner the device with other nearby devices so they can work together, and (3) to configure the device so it connects to the relevant individual or organizational account in the cloud. The challenge is to accomplish all three goals simply, securely, and consistent with user intent. We present a novel approach we call Wanda -- a ‘magic wand’ that accomplishes all three of the above goals -- and evaluate a prototype implementation. This Tech Report contains supplemental information to our INFOCOM 2016 paper titled, “Wanda: securely introducing mobile devices.” Much of the additional information is in Section II, III, and VI.

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Keywords: [iot] [privacy] [security] [wifi]

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