Prof. Matthias Hollick, Matthias Schulz und Daniel Wegemer vom Fachgebiet Secure Mobile Networking Group (SEEMO) des Fachbereichs Informatik an der TU Darmstadt wurden beim ACM WiNTECH Workshop 2017 für ihre Einreichung „Nexmon: Build Your Own Wi-Fi Testbeds With Low-Level MAC and PHY-Access Using Firmware Patches on Off€-the-Shelf Mobile Devices“ mit dem Best Paper Award ausgezeichnet. WiNTECH 2017 fand am 20. Oktober 2017 in Snowbird, Utah, USA statt. Das Paper ist über die ACM digital library abrufbar. Die Vorstellung des Papers auf dem ACM WiNTECH Workshop ist auf Youtube eingestellt.


The most widespread Wi-Fi enabled devices are smartphones. They are mobile, close to people and available in large quantities, which makes them perfect candidates for real-world wireless testbeds. Unfortunately, most smartphones contain closed-source FullMAC Wi-Fi chips that hinder the modification of lower-layer Wi-Fi mechanisms and the implementation of new algorithms. To enable researchers‘ access to lower-layer frame processing and advanced physical-layer functionalities on Broadcom Wi-Fi chips, we developed the Nexmon firmware patching framework. It allows users to create firmware modifications for embedded ARM processors using C code and to change the behavior of Broadcom’s real-time processor using Assembly. Currently, our framework supports five Broadcom chips available in smartphones and Raspberry Pis. Our example patches enable monitor mode, frame injection, handling of ioctls, ucode compression and flashpatches. In a simple ping offloading example, we demonstrate how handling pings in firmware reduces power consumption by up to 165 mW and is nine times faster than in the kernel on a Nexus 5. Using Nexmon, researchers can unleash the full capabilities of off-the-shelf Wi-Fi devices.