Multicast Steganography Using Routing Protocols

Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 785)


The strengthening of security solutions for computer networks increases the interests in new methods for the transfer of hidden information. In this paper, we considered the use of routing protocols for transmission of steganographic messages. We evaluated such approach using proactive and reactive routing protocols by analyzing the amount of sent data, the number of generated routing packets, the average size of routing packets, and the packet delivery ratio using the NS-3 simulator. Simulations included random network topologies with a various number of nodes and mobility settings. The obtained results showed that reactive routing protocols exchange a large amount of routing packets which can be suitable for steganographic purposes due to network flooding mechanism.


Steganography Information hiding Ad-hoc networks Routing protocols 



The research received a financial support from the SGS grant No. SP2017/174, VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of TelecommunicationsVSB-Technical University of OstravaOstrava-porubaCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department DIMESUniversity of CalabriaArcavacata di RendeItaly

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