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Protecting Cloud Web Services From HX-DoS Attacks Using Decision Theory

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Executive Summary

With the coming of Cloud computing, web services provider are now looking to move their services over to it. Amazon EC2 is an example of such a provider. With this move over to the Cloud, cloud web services inherit a major security problem, the HX-DoS attack. HX-DoS attack is a combination of HTTP and XML messages that are intentionally sent to flood and destroy the communication channel of the cloud service provider. The relevance of this research is that TCP/IP flood attacks are a common problem and a lot of research to mitigate them has previously been discussed. But HTTP denial of service and XML denial of service problem has only been addressed in a few papers.

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