802.11 DCF Denial of Service Vulnerabilities

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Title 802.11 DCF Denial of Service Vulnerabilities
Author Glass, Steve; Muthukkumarasamy, Vallipuram
Publication Title Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Computer Network & Information Forensics Conference, 2005
Editor Dr Craig Valli and Dr Andrew Woodward
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Perth, Australia
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Abstract This paper addresses denial of service vulnerabilities (DOS) in 802.11 wireless LANs that arise from the 802.11 distributed coordination function (DCF). We demonstrate that the DCF is vulnerable to equivalent DOS attacks at both the MAC and PHY layers. Denial of service attacks against the DCF are easily staged by a single adversary and affect both infrastructure and mobile ad hoc networks. These attacks are very effective and there are no workable counter-measures when using the standard MAC protocol. When staged by a shrewd adversary these denial of service attacks reveal little information about the attacker and provide almost no forensic evidence. We have demonstrated that 802.11 wireless LANs are particularly vulnerable to denial of service attacks and should not be used where availability is essential.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 0-7298-0612-X
Conference name 3rd Australian Computer Network & Information Forensics Conference
Location Perth
Date From 2005-09-29
Date To 2005-09-29
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2580
Date Accessioned 2006-03-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Subject Science & Technology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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