A Peer-to-Peer Security Architecture for University Wireless Network

Abiona, OO, Aladesanmi TOA, Oluwaranti AI, Onime CE, Adewara OA, Kehinde LO.  2009.  A Peer-to-Peer Security Architecture for University Wireless Network.


Wireless networks are prone to security attacks due mainly to the open nature of its transmission medium (open air). Hence wireless network security is more concentrated and complex than that of a wired network. With the advent of wireless network technologies in the market today, mobility has becomes an important requirement for most university networks. A lot of attention has been given to the provision of wireless infrastructures in the University networks, but little attention has been given to wireless network security in a University environment. The current wireless network security implemented in Universities are weak, making it possible for hacker to break into University networks and hack confidential information of students, staffs and faculty members. In this paper we propose a peer-to-peer security architecture with certificate based mutual authentication of client and network through an encrypted tunnel and dynamic per user, per session WEP keys, using only server side certificates. This will control access to the network by allowing infrastructures to authenticate users and not wireless hosts using a centralized authentication server system, RADIUS server and LDAP or Active directory server. This will allow users to use their regular username and password pair to access the network.