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Wireless LAN Security

Wireless LAN Security

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WIRELESS LAN SECURITY
Submitted ByMehadi Hasan Nasim
CSE First Batch
PATUAKHALI SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY
 
 
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CONTENTS 
TOPICS NAME PAGE NO.
Introduction 03Wireless Networking Standards 03Wireless LAN Business Drivers 03Reality Check 04Wireless Security in The Enterprise 04Known Risks 05Insertion Attacks 05Interception and Monitoring of Wireless Traffic 05Jamming 06Client-to-Client Attacks 06Brute Force Attacks Against Access Point Passwords 06Attacks against Encryption 07Misconfiguration 07Wireless Information Security Management 08Internet Security Systems Wireless LAN Solutions 09About Internet Security Systems (ISS) 10Conclusion 10References 11Appendix 11
 
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I
NTRODUCTION
 
Although a variety of wireless network technologies have or will soon reach the general businessmarket, wireless LANs based on the 802.11 standard are the most likely candidate to become widelyprevalent in corporate environments. Current 802.11b products operate at 2.4GHz, and deliver up to11Mbps of bandwidth – comparable to a standard Ethernet wired LAN in performance. An upcomingversion called 802.11a moves to a higher frequency range, and promises significantly faster speeds. It isexpected to have security concerns similar to 802.11b.This low cost, combined with strong performance and ease of deployment, mean that manydepartments and individuals already use 802.11b, at home or at work – even if IT staff and securitymanagement administrators do not yet recognize wireless LANs as an approved technology. This paperaddresses the security concerns raised by both current and upcoming 802.11 network technologies.
W
IRELESS
N
ETWORKING
S
TANDARDS
 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has specified various WLAN standards. Someimportant standards in the context of this thesis are summarized below in Table 1:
Standard Description ApprovedIEEE802.11
Data rates up to 2Mbps in2.4-GHz ISM band
July 1997
IEEE802.11a
Data rates up to 54Mbpsin 5-GHz UNII bandSept 1999. End userproducts began shipping inearly 2002
IEEE802.11b
Data rates up to 11Mbpsin 2.4-GHz ISM bandSept 1999. End userproducts began shipping inearly 2000
Table 1. IEEE WLAN Standards
W
IRELESS
LAN
 
B
USINESS
D
RIVERS
Without doubt, wireless LANs has a high gee-whiz factor. They provide always-on network connectivity,but don’t require a network cable. Office workers can roam from meeting to meeting throughout abuilding, constantly connected to the same network resources enjoyed by wired, desk-boundcoworkers. Home or remote workers can set up networks without worrying about how to run wiresthrough houses that never were designed to support network infrastructure.Wireless LANS may actually prove less expensive to support than traditional networks for employeesthat need to connect to corporate resources in multiple office locations. Large hotel chains, airlines,convention centers, Internet cafes, etc., see wireless LANs as an additional revenue opportunity forproviding Internet connectivity to their customers. Wireless is a more affordable and logisticallyacceptable alternative to wired LANs for these organizations. For example, an airline can provide for-feewireless network access for travelers in frequent flyer lounges – or anywhere else in the airport.Market maturity and technology advances will lower the cost and accelerate widespread adoption of wireless LANs. End-user spending, the primary cost metric, will drop from about $250 in 2001 to around$180 in 2004 (Gartner Group). By 2005, 50 percent of Fortune 1000 companies will have extensivelydeployed wireless LAN technology based on evolved 802.11 standards (0.7 probability). By 2010, the

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