Mobility

WiFire: A Firewall for Wireless Networks

Date Added: Aug 2011
Format: PDF

Firewalls are extremely effective at enforcing security policies in wired networks. Perhaps surprisingly, firewalls are entirely nonexistent in the wireless domain. Yet, the need to selectively control and block radio communication is particularly high in a broadcast environment since any node may receive and send packets. In this paper, the authors present WiFire, a system that brings the firewall concept to wireless networks. First, WiFire detects and analyzes packets during their transmission, checking their content against a set of rules. It then relies on reactive jamming techniques to selectively block undesired communication.