Towards secure link quality measurement in multihop wireless networks

Kai Zeng, Shucheng Yu, Kui Ren, Wenjing Lou, Yanchao Zhang

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2 Scopus citations


Link quality measurement (LQM), i.e. packet reception ratio (PRR) measurement, is becoming an indispensable component in multihop wireless networks. However, in all the existing LQM mechanisms, a common fact is that a node's knowledge about the forward PRR from itself to its neighbor is informed by the neighbor. On the one hand, this receiver- dependent measurement provides accurate and timely updates on the link quality. On the other hand, it opens up a door for a malicious node to easily report a false measurement result to mislead the routing decision and degrade the system performance. In this paper, we analyze the security vulnerabilities in the existing LQM mechanisms and propose an efficient broadcast- based secure LQM (SLQM) mechanism, which prevents the malicious receiver from reporting a higher PRR than the actual one. We analyze the security strength and the cost of the proposed mechanism. Simulation results show that even when there are only 10% malicious nodes in the network, the average end-to- end throughput can be degraded by 50% compared with the normally operated network, which demonstrates the importance of employing SLQM mechanisms. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work addressing the SLQM problem in multihop wireless networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2008
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2008 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2008Dec 4 2008

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other2008 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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