Provided by: International Journal of Engineering, Science and Innovative Technology (IJESIT)
Date Added: Nov 2012
A network covert channel is a mechanism that can be used to leak information across a network in violation of a security policy and in a manner that can be difficult to detect. Covert channels exist in most communication systems and allow individuals to communicate truly undetectable and exchange hidden information. These are used for the secret transfer of information. Encryption only protects communication from being decoded by unauthorized parties, whereas covert channels aim to hide the very existence of the communication. Initially, covert channels were identified as a security threat on monolithic systems i.e. mainframes.