ICSA Colloquium Talk - 14/02/2018

Title: Shadow Wi-Fi: Teaching Smartphones to Transmit Raw Signals and to Extract Channel State Information to Implement Practical Covert Channels over Wi-Fi

Abstract: Wi-Fi chips offer vast capabilities, which are not accessible through the manufacturers' official firmwares. Unleashing those capabilities can enable innovative applications on off-the-shelf devices. In this work, we demonstrate how to transmit raw IQ samples from a large buffer on Wi-Fi chips. We further show how to extract channel state information (CSI) on a per frame basis. As a proof-of-concept application, we build a covert channel on top of Wi-Fi to stealthily exchange information between two devices by prefiltering Wi-Fi frames prior to transmission. On the receiver side, the CSI is used to extract the embedded information. By means of experimentation, we show that regular Wi-Fi clients can still demodulate the underlying Wi-Fi frames. Our results show that covert channels on the physical layer are practical and run on off-the-shelf smartphones. By making available our raw signal transmitter, the CSI extractor, and the covert channel application to the research community, we ensure reproducibility and offer a platform for further innovative applications on Wi-Fi devices.

Bio: Francesco Gringoli received the Laurea degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Padua, Italy, in 1998, and the PhD degree in information engineering from the University of Brescia, Italy, in 2002. He is an associate professor of telecommunications with the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy. He is a senior member of the IEEE.


Feb 14 2019 -

ICSA Colloquium Talk - 14/02/2018

Francesco Gringoli, (University of Brescia)

4.31/33, IF