Architecture for Surviving Denial-of-Service Attacks on
Battery-Powered Mobile Computers
Current undergraduate students:
- Jayan Krishnaswami (now at Qualcomm)
- Danling Chen
- Grant Jacoby
- Marc Somers
The ongoing proliferation of battery-powered computing devices
has created a new type of "denial of service" attack: If an attacker
drain a device's battery, for example, by having it repeatedly execute
a energy-hungry program, the device will be rendered inoperable. Unlike
other denial-of-service attacks where the attacker must keep up the
attack in order to continue to deny the service, the attacker can quit
attacking a battery-powered device once she has fully discharged the
battery, and move on to attack another device. Just as the advent of
computer networks enabled an increase in the number of computer
viruses, Trojan horses, and other computer security breaches, the
rising availability of and increasing dependence on mobile computing
devices will lead to the creation and spread of "power-related security
attacks." The battery in a mobile computing device is thus a
point of vulnerability and must be protected. The purpose of this
research is to defend against attacks on the battery by defining (1) a
power-secure architecture for mobile computing devices that guarantees
a minimum battery life, and (2) a design flow for identifying
power-related security vulnerabilities.
Martin, Michael Hsiao, Dong Ha, Jayan
Krishnaswami, "Denial-of-Service Attacks on Battery-powered Mobile
Computers," Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE Pervasive Computing Conference,
Orlando, Florida, March 2004, pp. 309-318 (pdf).
Daniel C. Nash, Thomas L. Martin, Dong S. Ha, and Michael S. Hsiao, "
Towards an Intrusion Detection System for Battery Exhaustion Attacks on
Mobile Computing Devices," to appear the 2nd International Workshop on
Pervasive Computing and Communications Security (PerSec '05), March 8,
Shrirang M. Yardi, Michael S. Hsiao, Thomas L. Martin, and Dong S. Ha,
"Quality-Driven Proactive Computation Elimination for Power-Aware
Multimedia Processing," to appear at DATE '05. (pdf)
Jayan Krishnaswami, Denial-of-Service
Attacks on Battery-Powered Mobile Computers, Master's Thesis,
February, 2004. Available from Virginia
Tech ETD site.
This material is based upon work
supported by the National Science
Foundation under Grant No. ANI-0219801. Any opinions, findings and
conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of
the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National
Science Foundation (NSF).
updated: May 17, 2004.