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Hierarchical Node Replication Attacks Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks


ireless sensor networks (WSNs) are composed of a large number of low-cost, low-power, and multi-functional sensor nodes that communicate at short distance through wireless links. They are usually deployed in an open and uncontrolled environment where attackers may be present. Due to the use of low-cost materials, hardware components are not tamper-resistant and an adversary could access to a sensor's internal state. An adversary can easily capture even a single node and inserts duplicated nodes at any location in the network. If no specific detection mechanisms are established, the attacker could lead many insidious attacks such as subverting data aggregation protocols by injecting false data, revoking legitimate nodes and disconnecting the network if the replicated nodes are judiciously placed in the network. In this work, we first introduce the algorithm already published in PIMRC 2009 that describes a new hierarchical distributed algorithm for detecting node replication attacks using a Bloom filter mechanism and a cluster head selection. This mechanism could be efficiently used in a WSN as soon as the network is built with a clustering algorithm creating a three tiers hierarchy. We extend the results of our previous results by a theoretical discussion on the bounds of our algorithm. We also perform extensive simulations of our algorithm for random topologies and we compare those results with other proposals of the literature. Finally we show the effectiveness of our algorithm and its energy efficiency.

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hal-00918969 , version 1 (16-12-2013)



Wassim Znaidi, Marine Minier, Stéphane Ubéda. Hierarchical Node Replication Attacks Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks. International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, 2013, 2013, 12 p. ⟨10.1155/2013/745069⟩. ⟨hal-00918969⟩
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