Security Against Active Attacks in Wireless Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

Wireless mesh networks promise to extend high-speed wireless connectivity beyond what is possible with the current WiFi-based infrastructure. However, their unique architectural features leave them particularly vulnerable to security threats. In this paper, the authors describe various forms of sophisticated attacks launched from adversaries with internal access to the WMN. They further identify possible detection and mitigation mechanisms. Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) are dynamically self-organized and self-configured, with the nodes in the network automatically establishing an ad hoc network and maintaining the mesh connectivity.

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