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Mitigation Of Control Channel Jamming Under Node Capture Attacks, Patrick Tague, Mingyan Li, Radha Poovendran Aug 2009

Mitigation Of Control Channel Jamming Under Node Capture Attacks, Patrick Tague, Mingyan Li, Radha Poovendran

Patrick Tague

Availability of service in many wireless networks depends on the ability for network users to establish and maintain communication channels using control messages from base stations and other users. An adversary with knowledge of the underlying communication protocol can mount an efficient denial of service attack by jamming the communication channels used to exchange control messages. The use of spread spectrum techniques can deter an external adversary from such control channel jamming attacks. However, malicious colluding insiders or an adversary who captures or compromises system users are not deterred by spread spectrum, as they know the required spreading sequences. For ...


Evaluating The Vulnerability Of Network Traffic Using Joint Security And Routing Analysis, Patrick Tague, David Slater, Jason Rogers, Radha Poovendran Mar 2009

Evaluating The Vulnerability Of Network Traffic Using Joint Security And Routing Analysis, Patrick Tague, David Slater, Jason Rogers, Radha Poovendran

Patrick Tague

Joint analysis of security and routing protocols in wireless networks reveals vulnerabilities of secure network traffic that remain undetected when security and routing protocols are analyzed independently. We formulate a class of continuous metrics to evaluate the vulnerability of network traffic as a function of security and routing protocols used in wireless networks. We develop two complementary vulnerability definitions using set theoretic and circuit theoretic interpretations of the security of network traffic, allowing a network analyst or an adversary to determine weaknesses in the secure network. We formalize node capture attacks using the vulnerability metric as a nonlinear integer programming ...


Anti-Jamming For Embedded Wireless Networks, Miroslav Pajic, Rahul Mangharam Jan 2009

Anti-Jamming For Embedded Wireless Networks, Miroslav Pajic, Rahul Mangharam

Departmental Papers (ESE)

Resilience to electromagnetic jamming and its avoidance are difficult problems. It is often both hard to distinguish malicious jamming from congestion in the broadcast regime and a challenge to conceal the activity patterns of the legitimate communication protocol from the jammer. In the context of energy-constrained wireless sensor networks, nodes are scheduled to maximize the common sleep duration and coordinate communication to extend their battery life. This results in well-defined communication patterns with possibly predictable intervals of activity that are easily detected and jammed by a statistical jammer. We present an anti-jamming protocol for sensor networks which eliminates spatio-temporal patterns ...