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A Mobile Ad hoc NETwork (MANET) is a self-organized wireless short-lived network consisting of mobile nodes. The mobile nodes communicate with one another by wireless radio links. In this paper, the authors propose a new security protocol, called cryptographic hybrid key management for secure routing in MANETs. The proposed security protocol has been implemented in Java SE 6 with light weight Bouncy Castle 1.6 API and empirically evaluated its performance via a security analysis and simulation assessments. The results obtained by the proposed approach have been compared with the results of other approaches. Simulation assessments have shown that the proposed approach has outperformed the others, and is a more effective and efficient way of providing security in MANETs.
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