Ensuring a Valid Source and Destination for Internet Traffic

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Title: Ensuring a Valid Source and Destination for Internet Traffic
Author: Ehrenkranz, Toby
Abstract: The Internet has become an indispensable resource for today's society. It is at the center of the today's business, entertainment, and social world. However, the core of our identities on the Internet, the IP addresses that are used to send and receive data throughout the Internet, are insecure. Attackers today are able to send data purporting to be from nearly any location (IP spoofing) and to reroute data destined for victims to the attackers themselves (IP prefix hijacking). Victims of these attacks may experience denial of service, misplaced blame, and theft of their traffic. These attacks are of the utmost importance since they affect the core layer of the Internet. Although the mechanisms of the attacks are different, they are essentially different sides of the same coin; spoofing attacks forge the identity of the sender, while hijacking attacks forge the identity of the receiver. They revolve around the same underlying lack of a secure identity on the Internet. This research reviews the existing state of the art IP spoofing and IP prefix hijacking research and proposes new defenses to close the missing gaps and provide a new level of security to our identities on the Internet. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. CNS-0520326 and CNS-1118101. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This dissertation includes both previously published/unpublished and co-authored material.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12445
Date: 2012

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