Malware propagations in wireless Ad Hoc networks
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- IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 2018, 15 (6), pp. 1016 - 1026
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© 2004-2012 IEEE. Accurate malware propagation modeling in wireless ad hoc networks (WANETs) represents a fundamental and open research issue which shows distinguished challenges due to complicated access competition, severe channel interference, and dynamic connectivity. As an effort towards the issue, in this paper, we investigate the malware propagation under two spread schemes including Unicast and Broadcast, in Spread Mode and Communication Mode, respectively. We highlight our contributions in three-fold in the light of previous literature works. First, a bound of malware infection rate for each scheme is provided by applying the wireless network capacity theories. Second, the impact of mobility on malware propagations has been studied. Third, discussion of the relationship between different schemes and practical applications is provided. Numerical simulations and detailed performance analysis show that the Broadcast Scheme with Spread Mode is most dangerous in the sense of malware propagation speed in WANETs, and mobility will greatly increase the risk further. The results achieved in this paper not only provide insights on the malware propagation characteristics in WANETs, but also serve as fundamental guidelines on designing defense schemes.
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