Investigating Practical Low-Layer Attacks in Directional mm-Wave Networks by Modifying a WiFi Firmware

Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis



Millimeter-Wave (mm-wave) communication systems such as IEEE 802.11ad operate over directional beams that need to be trained prior to establishing a high-throughput connection. Such beam steering protocols--the backbone of mm-wave communications--have a high impacts of the security of performance. Jamming or manipulating the frames associated with the beam steering might prevent a connection from being established or steer the beam for an adversary's benefit.

Recently, first consumer hardware that supports wireless communication in the 60 GHz band according to IEEE 802.11ad became available. We are investigating state-of-the-art routers and obtained access to a WiFi chip at firmware level. A bachelor or master thesis is this area might extend our current framework and integrate, for example, packet injection to launch and evaluate the aforementioned attacks.

Students should not be afraid of analyzing binary data and disassembly. Experience with IDA Pro is recommended.

Start: 17.01.2017


Research Areas: Sichere Mobile Netze



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Department of Computer Science
Secure Mobile Networking Lab 

Mornewegstr. 32 (S4/14)
64293 Darmstadt, Germany

Phone: +49 6151 16-25472
Fax: +49 6151 16-25471


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