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A Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (MANET) is a peer-to-peer wireless network where nodes can communicate with each other without the use of infrastructure such as access points or base stations. Nodes can join and leave the network at anytime and are free to move randomly and organize themselves arbitrarily. In MANETs, each node should not only work for itself, but should be cooperative with other nodes. Working in such environment, MANETs are vulnerable to attacks by malicious and misbehaving nodes that try to compromise the routing protocol functionality. Neighbor based communication without any trust worthiness creates a major vulnerability in security related aspects of this network.
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