Conflicting-set-based wormhole attack resistant localization in wireless sensor networks

Honglong Chen, Wei Lou, Zhi Wang

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The wormhole attack sniffs packets in one point in the network, tunnels them through a wired or wireless link to another point to cause severe influence on the localization process or routing process in the network. In this paper, we analyze the impact of the wormhole attack on the localization in wireless sensor networks and we propose a wormhole attack resistant secure localization scheme. The main idea of our proposed scheme is to build a so-called conflicting set for each locator based on the abnormalities of message exchanges among neighboring locators, and then to identify all dubious locators which are filtered out during localization. Our proposed scheme can identify the dubious locators with a very high probability to achieve secure localization. The simulation results show that it outperforms the existed schemes under different network parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiquitous Intelligence and Computing - 6th International Conference, UIC 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2009
Event6th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, UIC 2009 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 7 Jul 20099 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5585 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, UIC 2009
CityBrisbane, QLD


  • Conflicting Set
  • Secure Localization
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Wormhole Attack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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