BLOWN: A Blockchain Protocol for Wireless Networks under Adversarial SINR

Minghui Xu, Feng Zhao, Jiguo Yu, Yifei Zou, Chunchi Liu, Xiuzhen Cheng, Falko Dressler

Known as a distributed ledger technology (DLT), blockchain has attracted much attention due to its properties such as decentralization, security, immutability and transparency, and its potential of servicing as an infrastructure for various applications. Blockchain can empower wireless networks with identity management, data integrity, access control, and high-level security. However, previous studies on blockchain-enabled wireless networks mostly focus on proposing architectures or building systems with popular blockchain protocols. Nevertheless, such existing protocols have obvious shortcomings when adopted in a wireless network where nodes have limited physical resources, favor low communication complexity, and encounter wireless-specific problems. In this paper, we propose a novel consensus protocol named Proof-of-Channel (PoC) leveraging the natural properties of wireless networks, and a BLOWN protocol (BLOckchain protocol for Wireless Networks) for wireless networks under an adversarial SINR model. We formalize BLOWN with the universal composition framework and prove its security properties, namely persistence and liveness, against adversarial jamming, double-spending, and Sybil attacks, which are also demonstrated by extensive simulation studies.

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