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Security of Electrostatic Field Persistent Routing: Taxonomy of Attacks and Defense Mechanisms

By Oliviu C. Ghica, Cristina Nita-Rotaru, Goce Trajcevski and Peter Scheuermann


Electrostatic field-based based routing (EFR) is a form of geographical multi-path routing where packets are routed along a collection of electrostatic field lines, defined by electrostatic charges associated with source and sink nodes. EFR provides an efficient and scalable solution to the wo workload-balancing balancing problem. However, it assumes that the nodes behave in a cooperative manner. Since wireless sensor nodes may be deployed in adversarial environments, EFR EFR-based based routing protocols can be subject to various attacks. In this article, we investigate gate the security aspects of EFR EFR-based based routing protocols. More specifically, we focus on an instance of EFR, called Multi-Pole Pole Field Persistent Routing (MP-FPR), FPR), for which we identify the categories of attacks that can target different components of the protocol, otocol, and propose a set of corresponding lightweight defense mechanisms. We are motivated by the observation that, while certain categories of attacks can be mounted with little resource-effort, effort, they can be highly destructive to system performance and its workload balanced operation. We present extensive experimental evaluations of the impact of the different attacks and the effectiveness of the proposed defense mechanisms for various components of the MP MP-FPR FPR protocol

Topics: , Wireless Sensor Networks, Multipath Routing, Security. Security of Electrostatic Field Persistent Routing, Taxonomy of Attacks and Defense Mechanisms
Year: 2011
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