Analysis of DoS Attacks at MAC Layer in Mobile Adhoc Networks

Chaminda Alocious, Hannan Xiao, B. Christianson

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—Wireless network security has received tremendous attention due to the vulnerabilities exposed in the open communication medium. The most common wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol is IEEE 802.11, which assumes all the nodes in the network are cooperative. However, nodes may purposefully misbehave in order to disrupt network performance, obtain extra bandwidth and conserve resources. These MAC layer misbehaviours can lead to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks which can disrupt the network operation. There is a lack of
comprehensive analysis of MAC layer misbehaviour driven DoS attacks for the IEEE 802.11 protocol. This research studied possible MAC layer DoS attack strategies that are driven by the MAC layer malicious/selfish nodes and investigates the performance of the IEEE 802.11 protocol. Such DoS attacks caused by malicious and selfish nodes violating backoff timers associated
with the protocol. The experimental and analytical approach evaluates several practical MAC layer backoff value manipulation and the impact of such attacks on the network performance and stability in MANETs. The simulation results show that introducing DoS attacks at MAC layer could significantly affect
the network throughput and data packet collision rate. This paper concludes that DoS attacks with selfish/malicious intend can obtain a larger throughput by denying well-behaved nodes to obtain deserved throughput, also DoS attacks with the intend of complete destruction of the network can succeed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs 11th Int Wireless Communication & Mobile Computing Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-5344-8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2015
Event11th International Wireless Communication & Mobile Computing Conference - Dubrovnik , Croatia
Duration: 24 Aug 201528 Aug 2015


Conference11th International Wireless Communication & Mobile Computing Conference


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