Investigating Practical Man-in-the-Middle Network Attacks on IEEE 802.11ad

Master Thesis


Analysis: 8
Empiricism: 1
Implementation: 3
Literature Research: 8


Next generation wireless networks utilizing millimeter waves (mm-waves) achieve extremely high data rates of multiple GBit/s using narrow signal beams. Featuring a high directivity and being susceptible to blockage by various objects, mm-waves are often assumed to be hard to eavesdrop on. As we have shown in [1], the common belief of inherent security in narrow beams is naive: reflections on small-scale objects facilitate eavesdropping from outside the intended signal beam.  


Within this thesis, you investigate several security related aspects of mm-waves and choose between different options. You might break assumptions of proposed protocols or develop new security to secure future wireless communication systems.

[1] D. Steinmetzer, J. Chen, J. Classen, E. Knightly, M. Hollick, "Eavesdropping with Periscopes: Experimental Security Analysis of Highly Directional Millimeter Waves"Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2015, September 2015, Florence.


Student: Yimin Yuan

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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