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Coping with packet replay attacks in wireless networks

Feng, Z and Ning, J and Broustis, I and Pelechrinis, K and Krishnamurthy, SV and Faloutsos, M (2011) Coping with packet replay attacks in wireless networks. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

In this paper, we consider a variant of packet replay attacks wherein, an attacker simply replays overheard frames as they are, or with minor manipulations in the packet header; we refer to this as the copycat attack. When routers forward such replayed packets, the levels of congestion and interference increase in large portions of the network. Our experiments indicate that even a single attacker can degrade the route throughput by up to 61%. While simple to use techniques such as digitally signing every packet can stem the dissemination of such packets, they are resource intense. Thus, we design a lightweight detection and prevention system, COPS (for Copycat Online Prevention System), that intelligently uses a combination of digital signatures and Bloom filters to cope with the attack. With our system, the task of identifying and discarding replayed packets is distributed across a plurality of nodes on a route. We implement COPS on real hardware and perform experiments on our 42 node wireless testbed. Our measurements indicate that COPS achieves its objective; it can efficiently contain the effects of replayed packets to a local neighborhood without incurring high resource consumption penalties. Specifically, we show that COPS reduces the route throughput degradation by up to 66%. © 2011 IEEE.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Feng, Z
Ning, J
Broustis, I
Pelechrinis, Kkpele@pitt.eduKPELE0000-0002-6443-3935
Krishnamurthy, SV
Faloutsos, M
Date: 20 September 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: 2011 8th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks, SECON 2011
Page Range: 368 - 376
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/sahcn.2011.5984919
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781457700934
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Date Deposited: 25 May 2011 21:14
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 14:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5872

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