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A Novel Intrusion Detection and Prevention Scheme for Network Coding-Enabled Mobile Small Cells

Parsamehr, R. ; Esfahani, A. ; Mantas, G. ; Radwan, A. ; Mumtaz, S.M. ; Rodriguez, J. ; Martíez-Ortega, J.

IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems Vol. 6, Nº 6, pp. 1 - 11, December, 2019.

ISSN (print): 2329-924X
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,61 (in 2019)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TCSS.2019.2949153

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Network coding (NC)-enabled mobile small cells are observed as a promising technology for fifth-generation (5G) networks that can cover the urban landscape by being set up on-demand at any place and at any time on any device. Nevertheless, despite the significant benefits that this technology brings to the 5G of mobile networks, major security issues arise due to the fact that NC-enabled mobile small cells are susceptible to pollution attacks; a severe security threat exploiting the inherent vulnerabilities of NC. Therefore, intrusion detection and prevention mechanisms to detect and mitigate pollution attacks are of utmost importance so that NC-enabled mobile small cells can reach their full potential. Thus, in this article, we propose for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, a novel intrusion detection and prevention scheme (IDPS) for NC-enabled mobile small cells. The proposed scheme is based on a null space-based homomorphic message authentication code (MAC) scheme that allows detection of pollution attacks and takes proper risk mitigation actions when an intrusive incident is detected. The proposed scheme has been implemented in Kodo and its performance has been evaluated in terms of computational overhead.