Channel switch and quiet attack: New DoS attacks exploiting the 802.11 standard. Könings, B., Schaub, F., Kargl, F., & Dietzel, S. In IEEE 34th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), pages 14--21.
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Network communication using unprotected air as a medium leads to unique challenges ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability. While newer amendments of IEEE 802.11 provide acceptable confidentiality and integrity, availability is still questionable despite broad usage of Wi-Fi technologies for tasks where availability is critical. We will present new security weaknesses that we have identified in the 802.11 standard and especially the 802.11h amendment. Our results are underlined by an extensive analysis of attacks addressing the quiet information element and channel switch announcement in management frames. For some stations a complete DoS effect can be achieved with a single packet for more than one minute. This shows that the newly identified attacks are more efficient than earlier approaches like a deauthentication attack. Tests were performed with a large variety of network interface cards, mobile devices, and operating systems.
@inproceedings{ Konings2009-Channelswitchquiet,
  title = {Channel switch and quiet attack: New {DoS} attacks exploiting the 802.11 standard},
  doi = {10.1109/LCN.2009.5355149},
  shorttitle = {Channel switch and quiet attack},
  abstract = {Network communication using unprotected air as a medium leads to unique challenges ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability. While newer amendments of IEEE 802.11 provide acceptable confidentiality and integrity, availability is still questionable despite broad usage of Wi-Fi technologies for tasks where availability is critical. We will present new security weaknesses that we have identified in the 802.11 standard and especially the 802.11h amendment. Our results are underlined by an extensive analysis of attacks addressing the quiet information element and channel switch announcement in management frames. For some stations a complete DoS effect can be achieved with a single packet for more than one minute. This shows that the newly identified attacks are more efficient than earlier approaches like a deauthentication attack. Tests were performed with a large variety of network interface cards, mobile devices, and operating systems.},
  booktitle = {{IEEE} 34th Conference on Local Computer Networks ({LCN})},
  author = {Könings, B. and Schaub, F. and Kargl, F. and Dietzel, S.},
  date = {2009},
  pages = {14--21}
}
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