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Analyzing TETRA Location Privacy and Network Availability

Pfeiffer, Martin and Kwiotek, Jan-Pascal and Classen, Jiska and Klose, Robin and Hollick, Matthias (2016):
Analyzing TETRA Location Privacy and Network Availability.
New York, NY, USA, ACM, In: 6th Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices, Vienna, Austria, In: SPSM '16, DOI: 10.1145/2994459.2994463, [Online-Edition: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2994459.2994463],
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Abstract

TETRA is a digital communication standard taking over from analog communication in various emergency services and governmental agencies in Europe since the late 1990s. TETRA has to meet stringent requirements for a dependable communication infrastructure as it is used in the public safety sector by professional users and first responders. In fact, TETRA is claimed to enhance resilience, security, and availability compared to former analog communication standards. In this paper, we demonstrate that TETRA's location privacy and dependability can easily be undermined and weakened. In particular, TETRA devices can be localized by means of antenna arrays and direction finding techniques on the physical layer. Further, we practically evaluate the impact of various jamming and fuzzing attacks on two commonly used devices. The digital standard even raises new attack vectors, since regular beaconing enables localization of idle devices, and forged frames can provably crash devices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Pfeiffer, Martin and Kwiotek, Jan-Pascal and Classen, Jiska and Klose, Robin and Hollick, Matthias
Title: Analyzing TETRA Location Privacy and Network Availability
Language: English
Abstract:

TETRA is a digital communication standard taking over from analog communication in various emergency services and governmental agencies in Europe since the late 1990s. TETRA has to meet stringent requirements for a dependable communication infrastructure as it is used in the public safety sector by professional users and first responders. In fact, TETRA is claimed to enhance resilience, security, and availability compared to former analog communication standards. In this paper, we demonstrate that TETRA's location privacy and dependability can easily be undermined and weakened. In particular, TETRA devices can be localized by means of antenna arrays and direction finding techniques on the physical layer. Further, we practically evaluate the impact of various jamming and fuzzing attacks on two commonly used devices. The digital standard even raises new attack vectors, since regular beaconing enables localization of idle devices, and forged frames can provably crash devices.

Series Name: SPSM '16
Place of Publication: New York, NY, USA
Publisher: ACM
Uncontrolled Keywords: TETRA, fuzzing, localization, location privacy, privacy, security, Solutions; S1
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Sichere Mobile Netze
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio)
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres
Profile Areas
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1119: CROSSING – Cryptography-Based Security Solutions: Enabling Trust in New and Next Generation Computing Environments
Event Title: 6th Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices
Event Location: Vienna, Austria
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 05:58
DOI: 10.1145/2994459.2994463
Official URL: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2994459.2994463
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2016-1442
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