DTRAB: Combating Against Attacks on Encrypted Protocols Through Traffic-Feature Analysis

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Executive Summary

The unbridled growth of the Internet and the network-based applications has contributed to enormous security leaks. Even the cryptographic protocols, which are used to provide secure communication, are often targeted by diverse attacks. Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs) are often employed to monitor network traffic and host activities that may lead to unauthorized accesses and attacks against vulnerable services. Most of the conventional misuse-based and anomaly-based IDSs are ineffective against attacks targeted at encrypted protocols since they heavily rely on inspecting the payload contents. To combat against attacks on encrypted protocols, the authors propose an anomaly-based detection system by using strategically distributed Monitoring Stubs (MSs).

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