Modifying a 60 GHz WiFi Firmware for Fun and Profit

Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis

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Description

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. Unfortunately, implemented algorithms are not well documented and need further analysis. Especially those protocols for beam steering and rate adaption--the backbone of wireless communication at ultra high frequencies--are encapsulated in a "black box". In long term, we aim to adjust parts of this algorithms, establish a practical testbed and enhance performance and security of 60 GHz wireless communication. A bachelor or master thesis is this area might investigate specific aspects. Tasks can be for example:

- develop an low layer API to control radio and antenna parameters

- integrate efficient sector sweep algorithms for fast link establishment

- investigate low layer attacks on current systems 

- assess the threat of directional jamming

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


Start: 17.01.2017

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Research Areas: Sichere Mobile Netze



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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
office@seemoo.tu-darmstadt.de

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