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A Prefiltering Approach to Regular Expression Matching for Network Security Systems

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Executive Summary

Regular Expression (RegEx) matching has been widely used in various networking and security applications. Despite much effort on this important problem, it remains a fundamentally difficult problem. DFA-based solutions can achieve high throughput, but require too much memory to be executed in high speed SRAM. NFA-based solutions require small memory, but are too slow. In this paper, the authors propose Regex-Filter, a prefiltering approach. The basic idea is to generate the RegEx print of RegEx set and use it to prefilter out most unmatched items. There are two key technical challenges: the generation of RegEx print and the matching process of RegEx print.

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