Towards address privacy in mobile ad hoc networks

Yanchao Zhang, Kui Ren

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Abstract

Security concerns are an impediment to deploying mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) in hostile environments. This paper proposes and investigates solutions to a new security requirement called address privacy to prevent attackers from ascertaining network addresses of MANET principals. Lack of address privacy is devastating to critical MANET operations. For example, if knowing the network address of a target principal, attackers can easily locate the target by passively monitoring the open wireless channel and then launch a pinpoint attack. We present Swarms, the first solution to address privacy in MANETs. Swarms eliminates the conventionally explicit one-on-one mappings between MANET principals and network addresses and allows any two principals to communicate while blind to each other's address. We quantitatively measure the address privacy offered by Swarms via an entropy-based information-theoretic metric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQShine 2008 - 5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness
EditorsJiannong Cao, Lionel Ni
PublisherICST
ISBN (Electronic)9789639799264
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness, QShine 2008 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Jul 28 2008Jul 31 2008

Publication series

NameQShine 2008 - 5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness

Other

Other5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness, QShine 2008
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period7/28/087/31/08

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Keywords

  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Privacy
  • Routing
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture

Cite this

Zhang, Y., & Ren, K. (2008). Towards address privacy in mobile ad hoc networks. In J. Cao, & L. Ni (Eds.), QShine 2008 - 5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness (QShine 2008 - 5th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness). ICST. https://doi.org/10.4108/ICST.QSHINE2008.3839