Deception based Model for Mitigation of Beacon Forgeries in Wi-Fi Networks
Abstract - Wi-Fi is a popular technology nowadays. An access point is an important component of a Wi-Fi network. These access points use management frames called beacons to broadcast their capability and information like SSID, BSSID, channel rates supported, encryption used etc. Unfortunately, these beacons are not well protected. An attacker can easily forge the beacon and use them to launch several attacks like power constraint attack, Invalid HT element attack, quiet attack etc. Most of the existing work in this field tries to defend against forgery by using beacon authentication, dedicated monitoring system, location sensors etc. The downside of this approach is that the attacker will also be able to find out about the defense deployment and will try to invest more energy into compromising the defense. Once the defense is compromised the defender will have to invest more resources in a new defense strategy. In this project, we propose a deception model to deceive the attacker’s belief regarding the attack. In this way, the defender can minimize its resource
utilization and the attacker will also not invest more resources since he is confident regarding his success. By using the deception model we were able to mitigate 97% of the beacon forgery impact.
Keywords - Networks, Beacons, Deception model, Kali Linux, Multiplexer.