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Supporting NAT traversal and secure communications in a protocol implementation framework

Author(s): Pereira, Pedro Arruda

Date: 2011

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): DOORS; Framework; NAT; NAT traversal; STUN; Security


The DOORS framework is a versatile, lightweight message-based framework developed in ANSI C++. It builds upon research experience and subsequent knowledge garnered from the use and development of CVOPS and OVOPS, two well known protocol development frameworks that have obtained widespread acceptance and use in both the Finnish industry and academia. It conceptually resides between the operating system and the application, and provides a uniform development environment shielding the developer from operating system speci c issues. It can be used for developing network services, ranging from simple socket-based systems, to protocol implementations, to CORBA-based applications and object-based gateways. Originally, DOORS was conceived as a natural extension from the OVOPS framework to support generic event-based, distributed and client-server network applications. However, DOORS since then has evolved as a platform-level middleware solution for researching the provision of converged services to both packet-based and telecommunications networks, enterprise-level integration and interoperability in future networks, as well as studying application development, multi-casting and service discovery protocols in heterogeneous IPv6 networks. In this thesis, two aspects of development work with DOORS take place. The rst is the investigation of the Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal problem to give support to applications in the DOORS framework that are residing in private IP networks to interwork with those in public IP networks. For this matter this rst part focuses on the development of a client in the DOORS framework for the Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN) protocol, to be used for IP communications behind a NAT. The second aspect involves secure communications. Application protocols in communication networks are easily intercepted and need security in various layers. For this matter the second part focuses on the investigation and development of a technique in the DOORS framework to support the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, giving the ability to application protocols to rely on secure transport layer services.

Dissertação apresentada na Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa para obtenção do Grau de Mestre em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Pinto, Paulo
Contributor(s) Pereira, Pedro Arruda
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