Publication Date

Fall 2015

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


Extensible Authentication Protocol(EAP) is a widely used security protocol for Wireless networks around the world. The project examines different security issues with the EAP based protocols, the family of security protocols for Wireless LAN. The project discovers an attack on the subscriber identity module(SIM) based extension of EAP. The attack is a Denial-of-Service attack that exploits the error handling mechanism in EAP protocols. The project further proposes countermeasures for detection and a defense against the discovered attack. The discovered attack can be prevented by changing the protocol to delay the processing of protocol error messages.