Journal of Information Systems Applied Research


V14 N3 Pages 4-13

Sep 2021

Analysis of Security Features and Vulnerabilities in Public/Open Wi-Fi

Jason James
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN USA

Abstract: As a student at a university or college, have you ever, whilst using the local wireless hotspot sitting in the campus common area, library, coffee shop, food court, or in classroom buildings, had the feeling that someone is looking over your shoulder at what you are doing on your computer? Indeed, someone might be, but it’s not what you think. Hackers are looming everywhere looking to steal your personal information and identity. We used Kali Linux and Ubuntu OS to discover and analyze students who use open Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) and the security risks they are exposed to and associated safeguards they can take. In this paper, we analyzed the security features and vulnerabilities of the open Wi-Fi’s like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Panda Express, and college campus free attwifi, by using both active and passive attack methods. For active attack, we performed MAC address spoofing, SSL Stripping, and DHCP Exhausting attacks. For passive attack, we captured the pcap file and used Wireshark for analysis.

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Recommended Citation: James, J., (2021). Analysis of Security Features and Vulnerabilities in Public/Open Wi-Fi. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research14(3) pp 4-13. http://JISAR.org/2021-3/ ISSN : 1946 - 1836. A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of CONISAR 2020