Authentication Mechanism Using One-Time Password for 802.11 Wireless LAN

  • Binod Vaidya
  • SangDuck Lee
  • Jae-Kyun Han
  • SeungJo Han
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3967)


Wireless local area networks (WLANs) are quickly becoming ubiquitous in our every day life. The increasing demand for ubiquitous services imposes more security threats to communications due to open mediums in wireless networks. The further widespread deployment of WLANs, however, depends on whether secure networking can be achieved. We propose a simple scheme for implementing authentication based on the One-Time Password (OTP) mechanism. The authentication protocol is proposed to solve the weak authentication and security flaw problem of the WEP in 802.11 WLAN. Further we have simulated the implementation of proposed scheme and EAP-OTP and analyzed the performance in terms of different performance metrics such as response time and authentication delay.


Medium Access Control Access Point Wireless Local Area Network Mutual Authentication Replay Attack 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Binod Vaidya
    • 1
  • SangDuck Lee
    • 2
  • Jae-Kyun Han
    • 3
  • SeungJo Han
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Electronics & Computer EngTribhuvan Univ.Nepal
  2. 2.Dept. of Information & Communication EngChosun Univ.Korea
  3. 3.Korea National Open Univ.Korea

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