An Acknowledgment-Based Scheme to Defend Against Cooperative Black Hole Attacks in Optimized Link State Routing Protocol

Soufine Djahel, Farid Naït-Abdesselam, Ashfaq Khokhar

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Abstract

In this paper, we address the problem of cooperative black hole attack, one of the major security issues in mobile ad hoc networks. The aim of this attack is to force nodes in the network to choose hostile nodes as relays to disseminate the partial topological information, thereby exploiting the functionality of the routing protocol to retain control packets. In optimized link state routing (OLSR) protocol, if a cooperative black hole attack is launched during the propagation of topology control (TC) packets, the topology information will not be disseminated to the whole network which may lead to routing disruption. In this paper, we investigate the effects of the cooperative black hole attack against OLSR, in which two colluding MPR nodes cooperate in order to disrupt the topology discovery. Then we propose an Acknowledgment based technique that overcomes the shortcomings of the OLSR protocol, and makes it less vulnerable to such attacks by identifying and then isolating malicious nodes in the network. The simulation results of the proposed scheme show high detection rate under various scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICC 2008 - IEEE International Conference on Communications, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2780-2785
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781424420759
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: 19 May 200823 May 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)1550-3607
ISSN (Electronic)1938-1883

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications 2008
Abbreviated titleICC 2008
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period19/05/0823/05/08

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