RESERVE: Remote Attestation of Intermittent loT devices

Md Masoom Rabbani, Edlira Dushku, Jo Vliegen, An Braeken, Nicola Dragoni, Nele Mentens

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Internet of Things (IoT) devices have enveloped our surroundings and have been increasingly deployed in many domains. Even though the IoT has generated unprecedented opportunities, the poorly secured design of IoT devices makes them an easy target for cyber attacks. Aimed at securing IoT devices, Remote Attestation (RA) is a security technique that identifies threat presence in IoT systems. Typically, RA is an atomic procedure that requires uninterrupted connectivity to execute. However, in energy harvesting context where intermittent IoT devices go into sleep mode immediately after regular operations, the atomic property is difficult to achieve. In this paper, we propose RESERVE, a novel lightweight
RA protocol designed specifically for Intermittent loT devices. RESERVE aims to improve the security of intermittent systems by detecting malware presence during online mode and guaranteeing with some probability software legitimacy during offline mode. In particular, RESERVE ensures trustworthiness by organizing the device’s software into modules, and after regular operation each device attests as many modules as fit in its energy budget.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSenSys '21: Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-9097-2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems - Coimbra , Portugal
Duration: 15 Nov 202117 Nov 2021


Conference19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems


  • Remote attestation
  • Security
  • Intermittent computation


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