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Blockchain based Decentralized Trust Management in IoT: Systems, Requirements and Challenges
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  • Qurat-ul-Ain Arshad ,
  • Faisal Azam ,
  • Wazir Zada Khan ,
  • Muhammad Khurram Khan ,
  • Mudassar Raza
Qurat-ul-Ain Arshad
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Faisal Azam
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Wazir Zada Khan
University of Wah

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Muhammad Khurram Khan
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Mudassar Raza
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Internet of Things (IoT) vision has astoundingly transcended the environmental sensing with integrated computing systems and smart devices, providing seamless connectivity among humans, machines and their environment to cooperate for convenience and economical benefits. Apart from all the tremendous benefits of IoT, this paradigm still suffers from challenges of security and privacy vulnerabilities and demands a secure system for effective utilization of services in real world IoT scenarios relaying on which the IoT consumers expect secure and trustworthy communications. Trust Management (TM) being a crucial aspect of security, plays a vital role in ensuring the exchange of information in a secure manner and maintaining the reliability of a system by measuring the degree of trust on IoT devices, reducing the uncertainties and risks involved in the systems. Centralized TM systems for IoT have a potential risk of failure and attacks and decentralized TM systems are not completely decentralized, requiring the assistance of central servers for the completion of final calculation and maintenance of trust credits. Thus, in recent years, Blockchain technology has been utilized for developing security innovations in Trust management field for different classes of IoT applications. It can provide tamper proof data by enabling a more reliable trust information and integrity verification, ultimately enhancing its availability and privacy during storage and sharing. This paper provides a comprehensive survey that aims at analyzing and assessing Blockchain based Decentralized Trust Management Systems (BCDTMS) for IoT. In this paper, our contributions are twofold; first we provide a comprehensive comparative analysis of state-of-the-art BCDTMS devised for different IoT classes including IoMT, IoV, IIoT and SIoT. To make it an extensive study, we perform a detailed Assessment of existing BCDTMS in the literature (for last three years 2018-2020) on the basis of Blockchain and trust based aspects. Secondly, we present requirements and challenges in the context of using blockchain for TM in IoT.
Dec 2023Published in Complex & Intelligent Systems volume 9 issue 6 on pages 6155-6176. 10.1007/s40747-023-01058-8