SUPERMAN: Security Using Pre-Existing Routing for Mobile Ad hoc Networks

Darren Hurley-Smith, Jodie Wetherall, Andrew Adekunle

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The flexibility and mobility of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) have made them increasingly popular in a wide range of use cases. To protect these networks, security protocols have been developed to protect routing and application data. However, these protocols only protect routes or communication, not both. Both secure routing and communication security protocols must be implemented to provide full protection. The use of communication security protocols originally developed for wireline and WiFi networks can also place a heavy burden on the limited network resources of a MANET. To address these issues, a novel secure framework (SUPERMAN) is proposed. The framework is designed to allow existing network and routing protocols to perform their functions, whilst providing node authentication, access control, and communication security mechanisms. This paper presents a novel security framework for MANETs, SUPERMAN. Simulation results comparing SUPERMAN with IPsec, SAODV, and SOLSR are provided to demonstrate the proposed frameworks suitability for wireless communication security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2927-2940
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number10
Early online date9 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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