Publication Type

Magazine Article

Version

Publisher’s Version

Publication Date

10-2010

Abstract

Wireless networks play an important role in our everyday lives, at the workplace and at home. However, they are also relatively vulnerable: physically located off site, attackers can circumvent wireless security protocols such as WEP, WPA, and even to some extent WPA2, presenting a security risk to the entire network. To address this problem, we propose SecureAngle, a system designed to operate alongside existing wireless security protocols, adding defense in depth. SecureAngle leverages multi-antenna APs to profile the directions at which a client's signal arrives, using this angle-of-arrival (AoA) information to construct signatures that uniquely identify each client. We identify SecureAngle's role of providing a fine-grained location service in a multi-path indoor environment. With this location information, we investigate how an AP might create a "virtual fence" that drops frames received from clients physically located outside a building or office. With SecureAngle signatures, we also identify how an AP can prevent malicious parties from spoofing the link-layer address of legitimate clients. We discuss how SecureAngle might aid whitespace radios in yielding to incumbent transmitters, as well as its role in directional downlink transmissions with uplink AoA information.

Keywords

Wireless, 802.11, SecureAngle, Angle of arrival

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

Computer Communication Review

Volume

40

Issue

4

First Page

415

Last Page

416

ISSN

0146-4833

Identifier

10.1145/1851275.1851238

Publisher

ACM

City or Country

New York

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1145/1851275.1851238

Comments

Based on paper for ACM SIGCOMM Conference, August 30-September 3, 2010, New Delhi, India

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