A Novel Collaborative Approach for Sinkhole Detection in MANETs

  • Leovigildo Sánchez-CasadoEmail author
  • Gabriel Maciá-Fernández
  • Pedro García-Teodoro
  • Nils Aschenbruck
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8629)


This paper presents a novel approach intended to detect sinkholes in MANETs running AODV. The study focuses on the detection of the well-known sinkhole attack, devoted to attract most of the surrounding network traffic by providing fake routes, and thus, invalidating alternative legitimate routes and disrupting the normal network operation. Our detection approach relies on the existence of “contamination borders”, formed by legitimate nodes under the influence of the sinkhole attack and, at the same time, neighbors of non-contaminated legitimate nodes. Thus, by collecting the routing information of the neighbors, these nodes are likely to be able to properly detect sinkholes. We evaluate our approach in a simulation framework and the experimental results show the promising nature of this approach in terms of detection capabilities.


AODV Intrusion detection systems MANETs Poisoning attacks Sinkhole 



This work has been partially supported by Spanish MICINN through project TEC2011-22579 and by Spanish MECD through the grant “University Professor Training Program” (FPU, Ref.: AP2009-2926).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leovigildo Sánchez-Casado
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gabriel Maciá-Fernández
    • 1
  • Pedro García-Teodoro
    • 1
  • Nils Aschenbruck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Signal Theory, Telematics and Communications, School of Computer Science and Telecommunications, CITIC-UGRUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Distributed Systems Group, Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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