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Evasion Techniques: Sneaking Through Your Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems

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Executive Summary

Detecting attacks disguised by evasion techniques is a challenge for signature-based Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPSs). This paper examines five common evasion techniques to determine their ability to evade recent systems. The Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack attempts to disable a system by exhausting its resources. Packet splitting tries to chop data into small packets, so that a system may not completely reassemble the packets for signature matching. Duplicate insertion can mislead a system if the system and the target host discard different TCP/IP packets with a duplicate offset or sequence. Payload mutation fools a system with a mutative payload.

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