An intelligent approach to detect probe request attacks in IEEE 802.11 networks

Deepthi N. Ratnayake, Hassan B. Kazemian, Syed A. Yusuf, Azween B. Abdullah

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Abstract

In Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), beacon, probe request and response messages are unprotected, so the information is visible to sniffers. Probe requests can be sent by anyone with a legitimate Media Access Control (MAC) address, as association to the network is not required at this stage. Legitimate MAC addresses can be easily spoofed to bypass Access Point (AP) access lists. Attackers take advantage of these vulnerabilities and send a flood of probe request frames which can lead to a Denial-of-Service (DoS) to legitimate stations. This paper discusses an intelligent approach to recognise probe request attacks in WLANs. The research investigates and analyses WLAN traffic captured on a home wireless network, and uses supervised feedforward neural network with 4 input neurons, 2 hidden layers and an output neuron to determine the results. The computer simulation results demonstrate that this approach improves detection of MAC spoofing and probe request attacks considerably.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Applications of Neural Networks - 12th INNS EANN-SIG International Conference, EANN 2011 and 7th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, AIAI 2011, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages372-381
Number of pages10
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)9783642239564
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2011
Event12th INNS EANN-SIG International Conference on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks, EANN 2011 - Corfu, Greece
Duration: 15 Sept 201118 Sept 2011

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
NumberPART 1
Volume363 AICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

Conference12th INNS EANN-SIG International Conference on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks, EANN 2011
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityCorfu
Period15/09/1118/09/11

Keywords

  • DoS Attacks
  • IEEE 802.11
  • Probe Request Flooding Attacks
  • Supervised Feedforward Neural Network
  • Wireless

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