An objective trust management framework for mobile ad hoc networks

Ruidong Li, Jie Li, Peng Liu, Hsiao Hwa Chen

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In mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), each node should not only work for itself, but should be cooperative with other nodes. Under such environment, some nodes may misbehave for individual interests. Currently two categories of trust management frameworks, reputation-based framework and trust establishment framework, are used to guarantee nodes to perform normal behavior. However, in reputation-based framework, it is unreasonable that only one parameter, trust value, is considered. Meanwhile, the trust establishment framework is vulnerable under the selective misbehavior attack, by which the attacker performs different behaviors to different nodes. To solve these problems, we propose an objective trust management framework (OTMF) for MANETs, by which one node evaluates the trustworthiness of another node objectively based not only on direct observations, but on second-hand information. To compare the OTMF with the existing frameworks, we provide performance evaluation. The evaluation results show that the OTMF can obtain more reliable trust than the reputation-based framework and can prevent the selective misbehavior attack more effectively than the trust establishment framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE 65th Vehicular Technology Conference - VTC2007-Spring
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 2
Event2007 IEEE 65th Vehicular Technology Conference - VTC2007-Spring - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2007 Apr 222007 Apr 25

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Other2007 IEEE 65th Vehicular Technology Conference - VTC2007-Spring

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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