The performance of mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) is significantly affected by the malicious nodes. One of the most common attacks in MANETs is denial of service (DoS); a type of intrusion specifically designed to target service integrity and availability of a certain network node. Hence, it is important to use an efficient intrusion detection system (IDS) that detects and removes the malicious nodes in the network to improve the performance by monitoring the network traffic continuously. The main contribution of this paper is the integration of an IDS into MANETs as a reliable and potent solution. A new approach to intrusion detection is developed based on support vector machine algorithm. The proposed IDS can detect the DoS type attacks at a high detection rate with a simple structure and short computing time. It is shown by extensive computer simulation that the proposed IDS improves the reliability of the network significantly by detecting and removing the malicious nodes in the system. The performance of the suggested approach is independent of the network routing protocol. The detection rate of the system is also not effected by node mobility and network size.
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