Advanced stealth man-in-the-middle attack in wpa2 encrypted wi-fi networks

Mayank Agarwal, Santosh Biswas, Sukumar Nandi

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The Hole 196 vulnerability allows malicious insiders to inject spoofed broadcast/multicast frames encrypted with group transient key in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) enabled Wi-Fi networks. In this letter, we propose a novel insider attack-Advanced Stealth Man-in-The-Middle (ASMiTM) that combines Stealth Man-in-The-Middle (SMiTM) and Wireless Denial of Service (WDoS) attacks, both of which occur due to the Hole 196 vulnerability. ASMiTM attack results in an increased duration of attack life, tougher detection, and improved stealthiness as compared to individual SMiTM and WDoS attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7031876
Pages (from-to)581-584
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • 802.11 Wi-Fi Network
  • Group Transient Key
  • Hole 196
  • Stealth MiTM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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