Anonymous handshakes in mobile ad hoc networks

Yanchao Zhang, Wei Liu, Wenjing Lou, Yuguang Fang

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The broadcast nature of radio transmissions renders communications in mobile ad hoc networks more vulnerable to malicious traffic analysis than their wired counterparts. As a result, adversaries can easily locate and trace mobile nodes based on their invariant identifiers so as to launch pinpoint attacks. To tackle this problem, this paper presents a novel anonymous on-demand routing protocol, called MASK, which nicely fulfills the routing and packet forwarding tasks without disclosing the identities of participating nodes under a rather strong adversarial model. MASK provides the desirable sender and receiver anonymity, as well as the relationship anonymity of the sender and receiver. It is also resistant to a wide range of adversarial attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventMILCOM 2004 - 2004 IEEE Military Communications Conference - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 31 2004Nov 3 2004


OtherMILCOM 2004 - 2004 IEEE Military Communications Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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