The Insecurity of Time-of-Arrival Distance-Ranging in IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networks

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Title The Insecurity of Time-of-Arrival Distance-Ranging in IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networks
Author Glass, Steve; Muthukkumarasamy, Vallipuram; Portmann, Marius
Publication Title Proceedings: 2010 IEEE 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops ICDCSW 2010
Editor Juan E. Guerrero
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher IEEE
Abstract Two-way Time-of-Arrival (TOA) distance-ranging is well-suited for use in IEEE 802.11 MANETs and wireless mesh networks because it is simple, efficient and does not require precise time synchronization between network stations. Despite its utility we show that this distance-ranging procedure is completely insecure and demonstrate how it can be subverted by a simple but highly effective attack. This attack allows the adversary comprehensive and fine-grained control over the distance reported by the procedure. Such adversaries can appear to be either much further away or much closer than they are in reality. We demonstrate the attack experimentally and also show how it can be implemented using ordinary wireless network interfaces. Finally, the necessary and sufficient conditions for the secure use of two-way TOA distance-ranging procedure in IEEE 80
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICDCSW.2010.59
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
ISBN 9780769540795
Conference name 2010 IEEE 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops (ICDCSW 2010)
Location Genova, Italy
Date From 2010-06-21
Date To 2010-06-25
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39007
Date Accessioned 2011-04-20
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Information and Computing Sciences
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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