MPC: Mitigating stealthy power control attacks in wireless ad hoc networks

Issa Khalil

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    4 Citations (Scopus)


    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 stealthy packet dropping through transmission power control. 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 provide a protocol called MPC to remedy the attack. MPC expands the set of possible monitors of a node by redefining the monitor role and functionality. We show through analysis and simulation that the basic local monitoring (BLM) fails to efficiently mitigate stealthy power control attacks while MPC successfully mitigates them.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGLOBECOM 2009 - 2009 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event2009 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2009 - Honolulu, HI, United States
    Duration: Nov 30 2009Dec 4 2009

    Publication series

    NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


    Other2009 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2009
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityHonolulu, HI


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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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