Defending against path-based dos attacks in wireless sensor networks

Jing Deng*, Richard Han, Shivakant Mishra

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Denial of service (DoS) attacks can cause serious damage in resource-constrained, wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This paper addresses an especially damaging form of DoS attack, called PDoS (Path-based Denial of Service). In a PDoS attack, an adversary overwhelms sensor nodes a long distance away by flooding a multi-hop end-to-end communication path with either replayed packets or injected spurious packets. This paper proposes a solution using one-way hash chains to protect end-to-end communications in WSNs against PDoS attacks. The proposed solution is lightweight, tolerates bursty packet losses, and can easily be implemented in modern WSNs. The paper reports on performance measured from a prototype implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSASN'05 - Proceedings of the 2005 ACM Workshop on Security of Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages89-96
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1595932275, 9781595932273
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventSASN'05 - 2005 ACM Workshop on Security of Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks - Alexandria, VA, United States
Duration: 7 Nov 20057 Nov 2005

Publication series

NameSASN'05 - Proceedings of the 2005 ACM Workshop on Security of Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
Volume2005

Conference

ConferenceSASN'05 - 2005 ACM Workshop on Security of Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
CountryUnited States
CityAlexandria, VA
Period7/11/057/11/05

Keywords

  • Denial of Services Attacks
  • Security
  • Sensor Networks

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