Rogue Access Point Detector Using Characteristics of Channel Overlapping in 802.11n
Rhongho Jang, Jeonil Kang, Aziz Mohaisen and Daehun Nyang
INHA university of Korea, INHA university, SUNY Buffalo, Department of Computer and Information Engineering, INHA Univ.,Incheon,Korea

In this work, we introduce a powerful hardwarebased rogue access point (PrAP), which can relay traffic between a legitimate AP and a wireless station back and forth, and act as a man-in-the-middle attacker. Our PrAP is built of two dedicated wireless routers interconnected physically, and can relay traffic rapidly between a station and a legitimate AP. Through extensive experiments, we demonstrate that the stateof-the-art time-based rogue AP (rAP) detectors cannot detect our PrAP, although effective against software-based rAP. To defend against PrAPs, we propose PrAP-Hunter based on intentional channel interference. PrAP-Hunter is highly accurate, even under heavy traffic scenarios. Using a high-performance (desktop) and low-performance (mobile) experimental setups of our PrAPHunter in various deployment scenarios, we demonstrate close to 100% of detection rate, compared to 60% detection rate by the state-of-the-art. We show that PrAP-Hunter is fast (takes 5-10 sec), does not require any prior knowledge, and can be deployed in the wild by real world experiments at 10 coffee shops. Keywords. Intrusion detection, Wireless LAN, Rogue AP, channel interference, IEEE 802.11n.