WiMAX Security Vulnerabilities: The State of Affairs

S. Zehra and A. Akram (Pakistan)


WiMAX, IEEE 802.16, Security, Authentication


WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is an emerging wireless metropolitan area network technology for broadband wireless access. WiMAX is based on IEEE 802.16 standard for WMANs (Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks). The security of WiMAX has been under researchers’ scrutiny for the last few years. Several articles, survey reports and research papers have been written and a number of flaws have been highlighted. The IEEE Committee has published several revisions of the 802.16 standard since its initial release in 2001, but many of the vulnerabilities have still been left unattended in the standard. This paper presents an overview of WiMAX’s currently known security vulnerabilities, their causes, effects and possible remedies.

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