Networking

Dude, Where's That IP? Circumventing Measurement-Based IP Geolocation

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Executive Summary

Many applications of IP geolocation can benefit from geolocation that is robust to adversarial clients. These include applications that limit access to online content to a specific geographic region and cloud computing, where some organizations must ensure their virtual machines stay in an appropriate geographic region. This paper studies the applicability of current IP geolocation techniques against an adversary who tries to subvert the techniques into returning a forged result. The authors propose and evaluate attacks on both delay-based IP geolocation techniques and more advanced topology-aware techniques. Against delay-based techniques, they find that the adversary has a clear trade-off between the accuracy and the detectability of an attack.

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