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A secure mobile IP implementation for windows-based wireless LAN stations using special network drivers

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2 Author(s)
Hui Luo ; AT&T Labs-Res., Middletown, NJ, USA ; Henry, P.

As wireless LAN is widely deployed, it is desired to support mobile IP for wireless LAN stations such that they can keep sessions alive when a change of wireless LAN environment happens. However, currently it is difficult to add secure mobile IP functions to windows-based wireless LAN stations, because it usually requires modification of windows components, a very troublesome task for independent developers. This paper proposes a special network interface driver programming method, called iDriver technique, to solve this problem. It is a generic method that enables independent developers to implement kernel-level IP-based protocols in network interface drivers to enhance operating systems that do not have these protocols built in their kernels. Using iDriver technique, this paper implements a windows-based secure mobile IPv4 software system without modifying any windows component. It consists of a mobile client driver and a home agent driver. The mobile client driver is responsible for supplying a fixed IP address to windows, monitoring change of wireless LAN environments, applying an IP address from a new wireless LAN, reporting it to the home agent driver, and tunneling encrypted IP packets to/from the home agent driver. The home agent driver is responsible for tracking location of wireless LAN stations, tunneling encrypted IP packets to/from them, and relaying IP packets between them and their correspondent IP nodes. Both drivers can be distributed and installed as stand-alone software products for windows operating systems.

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Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, 2003. PIMRC 2003. 14th IEEE Proceedings on  (Volume:1 )

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7-10 Sept. 2003