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A flexible framework for Rogue Access Point detection

Gonçalves, R. ; Correia, E.Correia ; Brandão, P.

A flexible framework for Rogue Access Point detection, Proc International Conf. on Security and Cryptography - SECRYPT, Porto, Portugal, Vol. , pp. 466 - 471, July, 2018.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.5220/0006832906320637


The society’s requirement for constant connectivity, leads to the need for an increasing number of available Wi-Fi Access Points (APs). These can be located almost everywhere: schools, coffee shops, shopping malls, airports, trains, buses. This proliferation raises problems of trustworthiness and cost-effective difficulties for verifying such security. In order to address these issues, it is necessary to detect effectively Rogue Access Points (RAPs). There are open source solutions and others developed within enterprises for commercial purposes. Relative to the latter, it has become obvious that they are not accessible to everyone due to their high costs, and the former do not address all the types of RAPs. In this paper, we research these solutions and do a thorough survey study of the most commonly used and recent Wi-Fi type of attacks. Based on this knowledge we developed a solution to detect RAPs, which covers the most commonly known attacks. This proposed solution, is a modular framework composed of Scanners, Detectors and Actuators, which are responsible for scanning for available APs, apply a set of heuristics to detect RAPs and apply a countermeasure mechanism.