Mitigating Denial of Service Attacks in OLSR Protocol Using Fictitious Nodes

Nadav Schweitzer*, Ariel Stulman, Asaf Shabtai, Roy David Margalit

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With the main focus of research in routing protocols for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANET) geared towards routing efficiency, the resulting protocols tend to be vulnerable to various attacks. Over the years, emphasis has also been placed on improving the security of these networks. Different solutions have been proposed for different types of attacks, however, these solutions often compromise routing efficiency or network overload. One major DOS attack against the Optimized Link State Routing protocol (OLSR) known as the node isolation attack occurs when topological knowledge of the network is exploited by an attacker who is able to isolate the victim from the rest of the network and subsequently deny communication services to the victim. In this paper, we suggest a novel solution to defend the OLSR protocol from node isolation attack by employing the same tactics used by the attack itself. Through extensive experimentation, we demonstrate that 1) the proposed protection prevents more than 95 percent of attacks, and 2) the overhead required drastically decreases as the network size increases until it is non-discernable. Last, we suggest that this type of solution can be extended to other similar DOS attacks on OLSR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7054542
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • OLSR
  • fictitious node
  • node isolation attack


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