Date Added: Sep 2010
It is well-known that security threats, in wireless ad hoc networks, are becoming a serious problem which may lead to harmful consequences on network performance. Despite that, many routing protocols still not resilient to such threats or their countermeasures are not efficient. Moreover, the vulnerability of MAC layer protocols to some attacks exacerbates the damage caused by the threats at higher layers. Therefore, cooperation between layers is compulsory to face such devastating threats. In this paper, the authors address a cross-layer attack targeting proactive routing protocols, which is launched at the routing level and reinforced at the MAC layer in order to amplify the resulted damage.