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On Recent Security Enhancements to Autoconfiguration Protocols for MANETs Real Threats and Requirements


A. Abdelmalek, M. Feham, A. Taleb-Ahmed


Vol. 9  No. 4  pp. 401-407


In the context of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) security, most of research so far has been focused primarily on trust models and routing security problems, and much less attention has been given to the autoconfiguration security issue. However, the lack of security in the design of all previously proposed autoconfiguration schemes opens the possibility of many real threats, due to the well-known MANETs’ vulnerabilities which are specific to ad hoc paradigm. This can lead hence to serious attacks in potentially hostile environments, such as IP Spoofing Attack, Exhaustion Address Space Attack, Conflict Address Attack, Sybil Attack, etc. Few papers have tackled this problem without however bringing satisfactory solutions. In this paper, we first present a survey of these approaches, and discuss their limitations. Then, we define the imperative security requirements in designing and implementing any solutions addressing this still open issue.


Autoconfiguration, Threats, Security Requirements, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks