A SDR-based verification platform for 802.11 PHY layer security authentication


The WiFi security authentication mechanism combined with the PHY layer information has become a hot spot of WiFi security research. The PHY layer contains rich information such as wireless channel, device location, and signal quality. High performance WiFi verification that supports PHY layer programming has become an indispensable tool for WiFi security research. This paper designs and implements a verification platform TickSEC that supports the research of WiFi security authentication at the PHY layer. It supports real-time acquisition of PHY layer information, and offers the programmability within the PHY layer. We also give a case study of WiFi device identification using PHY layer information. Experimental results show that TickSEC can meet the needs of PHY layer WiFi authentication verification.

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The work is funded by National Key Research and Development Plan of China (2017YFB0801702) and key research project of National Natural Science Foundation (No. 61531004).

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Li, X., Liu, J., Ding, B. et al. A SDR-based verification platform for 802.11 PHY layer security authentication. World Wide Web 23, 1011–1034 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11280-018-0654-2

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  • Software defined radio
  • WiFi security
  • PHY layer
  • FPGA