Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Rusty O. Baldwin, PhD
Soon, advancements in data encryption technology will make real-time decryption of the contents of network packets virtually impossible. This research anticipates this development and extracts useful information based on packet level characteristics. Distinguishing characteristics from e-mail, HTTP, print, and FTP applications are identified and analyzed. The analysis of collected data from an ad-hoc wireless network reveals that distinguishing characteristics of network traffic do indeed exist. These characteristics include packet size, packet frequency, inter-packet correlation, and channel utilization. Without knowing the contents of packets or the direction of the traffic flow, the applications accessing the wireless network can be determined.
DTIC Accession Number
Wagnon, John T., "Characterizing Data Streams Over IEEE 802.11b ad-hoc Wireless Networks" (2003). Theses and Dissertations. 4252.