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Wireless Networks

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 1491–1508 | Cite as

Enhancing EAP-TLS authentication protocol for IEEE 802.11i

  • Bahareh Shojaie
  • Iman Saberi
  • Mazleena Salleh
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Abstract

IEEE 802.11i authentication framework is composed of the 802.1x and an extensible authentication protocol (EAP) mechanism. One of the most applicable techniques in the EAP methods is EAP-transport layer security (EAP-TLS). The EAP-TLS implementation issues are high execution time; high number of data exchanges between two parties and possibility of closing connection as a result of modification in the contents of the handshake messages, which are all addressed in this paper. This research analyses the EAP-TLS in WLANs to improve this method’s efficiency in terms of the security analysis, time and memory usage. Based on the results, this research proposes an enhanced method with a discrete cryptographic mechanisms and a distinct handshake structure, which reduces the number of steps in the handshake protocol. This enhanced method also provides robust security compared to the original EAP-TLS with approximately the same level of memory usage, which reduces execution time significantly.

Keywords

EAP-TLS ECDSA handshake protocol MITM attack, finished message 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Ministry of Education (MOE), Malaysia and UTM under the Grant Vote No. (02G37) support this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hamburg UniversityHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Technical University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.University Technology MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia

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