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Addressing the DAO Insider Attack in RPL’s Internet of Things Networks

Ghaleb, Baraq; Al-Dubai, Ahmed; Ekonomou, Elias; Qasem, Mamoun; Romdhani, Imed; Mackenzie, Lewis


Mamoun Qasem

Lewis Mackenzie


In RPL routing protocol, the DAO (Destination Advertisement Object) control messages are announced by the child nodes to their parents to build downward routes. A malicious insider node can exploit this feature to send fake DAOs to its parents periodically, triggering those parents, in turn, to forward the fake messages upward to the root node. In this study, we show how this behaviour can have a detrimental side effect on the performance of the network, increasing power consumption, latency and reducing reliability. To address this problem, a new scheme is introduced to mitigate significantly the effect of the DAO attack on network performance.


Ghaleb, B., Al-Dubai, A., Ekonomou, E., Qasem, M., Romdhani, I., & Mackenzie, L. (2019). Addressing the DAO Insider Attack in RPL’s Internet of Things Networks. IEEE Communications Letters, 23(1), 68-71.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 26, 2018
Publication Date 2019-01
Deposit Date Oct 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 18, 2018
Journal IEEE Communications Letters
Print ISSN 1089-7798
Electronic ISSN 1558-2558
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 68-71
Keywords Modelling and Simulation; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Computer Science Applications
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