Date Added: Feb 2012
Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETS) are transient networks of mobile nodes, connected through wireless links, without any fixed infrastructure or central management. Due to the self-configuring nature of these networks, the topology is highly dynamic. This makes the Ad Hoc Routing Protocols in MANETS highly vulnerable to serious security issues. In this paper, the authors survey the common security threats and attacks and summarize the solutions suggested in the survey to mitigate these security vulnerabilities. MANETs are formed by mobile nodes communicating with each other through wireless links without any governing body. These mobile nodes can be Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops, cell phones that communicate with each other without any fixed infrastructure and central management.