Resisting flooding attacks on AODV

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AODV is a reactive MANET routing protocol that is vulnerable to a dramatic collapse of throughput when malicious intruders flood the network with bogus route requests. We introduce a simple mechanism to resist such attacks that can
be incorporated into any reactive routing protocol. It does not require expensive cryptography or authentication mechanisms, but relies on locally applied timers and thresholds to classify nodes as malicious. No modifications to the packet formats are needed, so the overhead is a small amount of calculation at nodes,
and no extra communication. Using NS2 simulation, we compare the performance of networks using AODV under flooding attacks with and without our mechanism, showing that it significantly reduces the effect of a flooding attack.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
EventInternational Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 16 Nov 201420 Nov 2014
Conference number: 8


ConferenceInternational Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies
Abbreviated titleSECURWARE
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  • Routing
  • AODV
  • Security
  • Attack
  • Flooding


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