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Cooperative Intrusion Detection For The Next Generation Carrier Ethernet

Author(s): Jieke, Pan

Date: 2008

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Origin: Repositório da Universidade de Lisboa

Subject(s): Cooperative Intrusion Detection; Specification-based Intrusion Detection; Carrier Ethernet; Spanning Tree Protocol; Network Topology; Security


Current OSI model layer 2 network elements (NEs, e.g., bridges, switches) are complex hardware and software boxes, often running an operating system, service and administration software, that can be vulnerable to attacks, including to remote code execution inside them. The purpose of this thesis is to present an architecture to protect the Carrier Ethernet network infrastructure from attacks performed by malicious NEs against the link management protocol, Spanning Tree Protocol, and its variations. This thesis proposes that NEs are equipped with an intrusion detection component. Each detector uses a specification-based intrusion detection mechanism in order to inspect the behaviour of other NEs through the analysis of the received messages. The correct behaviour of the NEs is crafted from the standard specification of the STP protocol. If there is a deviation between current and expected behaviour, then the NE is considered to be malicious. The specification is extended with temporal pattern annotations, in order to detect certain deviations from the protocol. The results of the local detection are then transmitted to the other NEs, in order to cooperatively establish a correlation between all the NEs, so that malicious NEs can be logically removed from the network (disconnecting the ports connected to them)

Document Type Master thesis
Language Portuguese
Advisor(s) Correia, Miguel Pupo
Contributor(s) Jieke, Pan
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