Detection of malicious parameter configurations in 802.11e EDCA

P. Serrano, A. Banchs, J.F. Kukielka
2005 GLOBECOM '05. IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005.  
The service quality experienced by a user with the EDCA mechanism of the upcoming 802.11e standard depends on a number of configurable parameters, namely CWmin, CWmax, AIF S and T XOP limit. WLAN stations are supposed to use the parameter configurations that the Access Point (AP) of the WLAN distributes with the beacon frames. However, a user can maliciously configure the parameters of his WLAN station in order to obtain a better service. In this paper, we address the issue of detecting
more » ... f detecting malicious parameter configurations of EDCA. The AIF S and T XOP limit parameters are relatively easy to control because of their deterministic nature. Given the capture effect, the CWmax parameter may be unused by some users. Therefore, the key challenge lies in detecting if the CWmin parameter of a station is well configured. The main contribution of this paper is the proposal of an algorithm to detect malicious CWmin configurations. We show that, for an optimally configured WLAN, our algorithm is effective in avoiding that a user can substantially benefit from maliciously configuring his WLAN station without being detected. IEEE Globecom 2005 3295 0-7803-9415-1/05/$20.00 © 2005 IEEE 0-7803-9415-1/05/$20.00 © 2005 IEEE 0-7803-9415-
doi:10.1109/glocom.2005.1578384 dblp:conf/globecom/SerranoBK05 fatcat:ovkupiniifggviutwpjzkkqfdu