MISPAR: Mitigating stealthy packet dropping in locally-monitored multi-hop wireless ad hoc networks

Issa Khalil, Saurabh Bagchi

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    Abstract

    Local monitoring has been demonstrated as a powerful technique for mitigating security attacks in multi-hop ad-hoc networks. In local monitoring, nodes overhear partial neighborhood communication to detect misbehavior such as packet drop or delay. However, local monitoring as presented in the literature is vulnerable to a class of attacks that we introduce here called stealthy packet dropping. Stealthy packet dropping disrupts the packet from reaching the destination by malicious behavior at an intermediate node. However, the malicious node gives the impression to its neighbors that it performed the legitimate forwarding action. Moreover, a legitimate node comes under suspicion. We introduce four ways of achieving stealthy packet dropping, none of which is currently detectable. We provide a protocol called MISPAR based on local monitoring to remedy each attack. It presents two techniques - having the neighbors maintain additional information about the routing path, and adding some checking responsibility to each neighbor. We show through analysis and simulation that the basic local monitoring fails to mitigate any of the presented attacks while MISPAR successfully mitigates them.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, SecureComm'08
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, SecureComm'08 - Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: Sep 22 2008Sep 25 2008

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, SecureComm'08

    Other

    Other4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, SecureComm'08
    Country/TerritoryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period9/22/089/25/08

    Keywords

    • Local monitoring
    • Misrouting
    • Multi-hop wireless networks
    • Packet dropping
    • Transmission power control

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Software

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