Metric of trust for mobile ad hoc networks using source routing algorithms
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This thesis proposed and presented technical details of new probabilistic metrics of trust in the links wireless ad hoc networks for unobservable communications. In covert communication networks, only the end nodes are aware of the communication characteristics of the overall path. The most widely used protocols of ad hoc networks was overviewed. The routing protocols of ad hoc networks with trust considerations and select Destination Sequence Routing, a protocol that can be used in distributed ad hoc network settings for path discovery, was also reviewed. It establishes a path through which all packets sent by a source must pass to the destination. The end nodes are responsible for examining the statistics of the received packets and deriving inferences on path feature variations which are used for computing new trust metrics. When a path is judged not trustworthy based on the metrics, the Destination Sequence Routing is informed to undertake a new trusted path discovery between the end points. The thesis added a new feature based on the quality of service parameters of the path to create trust in the links in recognition of attacks.