Practical Low-Layer Attacks on IEEE802.11ad by Modified WiFi Firmware

Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis



Millimeter-Wave (mm-wave) communication systems such as IEEE 802.11ad use directional beams that need to be trained prior to establishing a high-throughput connection. Such beam training 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. We already obtained access to a WiFi chip of state-of-the-art routers at firmware level. 


A bachelor or master thesis is this area might extend our current framework and integrate, for example, packet injection or jamming to launch and evaluate the aforementioned attacks.

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


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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