Perspectives of Sybil Attack in Routing Protocols of Mobile Ad Hoc Network

  • Manu Sood
  • Amol Vasudeva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 131)


It is cumbersome to achieve the security in a mobile ad hoc network due to its open nature, dynamically changing topology, lack of infrastructure and central management. A particular harmful attack that takes the advantage of these characteristics is the Sybil attack, in which a malicious node illegitimately claims multiple identities. Two routing mechanisms vulnerable to the Sybil attack in the mobile ad hoc networks are multi-path routing and geographic routing. In addition to these routing protocols, we show in this paper that the Sybil attack can also disrupt the head selection mechanism of various cluster-based routing protocols such as lowest id, highest node degree and mobility based clustering. To achieve this, we illustrate to have introduced a category of Sybil attack in which the malicious node varies its transmission power to create a number of virtual illegitimate nodes called Sybil Nodes, for the purpose of communication with legitimate nodes of the MANETs.


Mobile ad hoc network Sybil attack Malicious node Sybil node Network security Routing protocol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceHimachal Pradesh UniversityShimlaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Information TechnologyJaypee University of Information TechnologySolanIndia

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