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An Investigation About the Simulation of IP Traceback and Various IP Traceback Strategies

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Executive Summary

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) is a rapidly growing problem. The multitude and variety of both the attacks and the defense approaches is overwhelming. IP traceback - the ability to trace IP packets from source to destination - is a significant step toward identifying and, thus, stopping, attackers. The IP traceback is an important mechanism in defending against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. This paper constructs a simulation environment via extending ns2, setting attacking topology and traffic, which can be used to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of different traceback schemes. A comparison among some of the Packet Marking schemes is presented with several metrics, including the received packet number required for reconstructing the attacking path, computation complexity and false positive etc.

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