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Mayank Agarwal, Sanketh Purwar, Santosh Biswas and Sukumar Nandi, "Intrusion Detection System for PS-Poll DoS Attack in 802.11 Networks Using Real Time Discrete Event System," IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 792-808, Oct. 2017. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2016.7510178
Citation: Mayank Agarwal, Sanketh Purwar, Santosh Biswas and Sukumar Nandi, "Intrusion Detection System for PS-Poll DoS Attack in 802.11 Networks Using Real Time Discrete Event System," IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 792-808, Oct. 2017. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2016.7510178

Intrusion Detection System for PS-Poll DoS Attack in 802.11 Networks Using Real Time Discrete Event System

doi: 10.1109/JAS.2016.7510178
Funds:  This work was supported by TATA Consultancy Servies (TCS) Research Fellowship Program, India
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  • Wi-Fi devices have limited battery life because of which conserving battery life is imperative. The 802.11 Wi-Fi standard provides power management feature that allows stations (STAs) to enter into sleep state to preserve energy without any frame losses. After the STA wakes up, it sends a null data or PS-Poll frame to retrieve frame(s) buffered by the access point (AP), if any during its sleep period. An attacker can launch a power save denial of service (PS-DoS) attack on the sleeping STA(s) by transmitting a spoofed null data or PS-Poll frame(s) to retrieve the buffered frame(s) of the sleeping STA(s) from the AP causing frame losses for the targeted STA(s). Current APproaches to prevent or detect the PS-DoS attack require encryption, change in protocol or installation of proprietary hardware. These solutions suffer from expensive setup, maintenance, scalability and deployment issues. The PS-DoS attack does not differ in semantics or statistics under normal and attack circumstances. So signature and anomaly based intrusion detection system (IDS) are unfit to detect the PS-DoS attack. In this paper we propose a timed IDS based on real time discrete event system (RTDES) for detecting PS-DoS attack. The proposed DES based IDS overcomes the drawbacks of existing systems and detects the PS-DoS attack with high accuracy and detection rate. The correctness of the RTDES based IDS is proved by experimenting all possible attack scenarios.


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