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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking

, 2016:250

Intelligent Mobility Management for Future Wireless Mobile Networks


Wireless mobile networks frequently need remote software updates to add or adjust the tasks of mobile nodes. Software update traffic, particularly in the Internet of Things IoT, should be carefully handled since attackers can easily compromise a number of unattended devices by modifying a piece of code in the software update routine. These attacks are quite realistic and harmful as seen in the real world. To protect lower-powered mobile devices, an in-network detection mechanism is preferred. However, due to the mobility of devices, it is difficult to set a network monitor with complete context of software updates. Moreover, even the conventional integrity checks can be fooled by a replaced binary code or minimized modification. In this paper, we tackle this problem and propose CodeDog, a new approach to check the integrity of software updates in mobile environments. CodeDog generates a binary code with semantics markers. A validation of those markers proves the control flow semantics was unchanged. It can be performed on program fragments for in-network monitoring to protect incapable devices. Our evaluation result shows that CodeDog can prevent attacks in the supply chain with 4.2 % storage overhead.

KeywordsMobile networks Software updates  Download fulltext PDF

Author: JongHyup Lee - Taekyoung Kwon


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