Locating network domain entry and exit point/path for DDoS attack traffic

Vrizlynn L. Thing, Morris Sloman, Naranker Dulay
2009 IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management  
A method to determine entry and exit points or paths of DDoS attack traffic flows into and out of network domains is proposed. We observe valid source addresses seen by routers from sampled traffic under non-attack conditions. Under attack conditions, we detect route anomalies by determining which routers have been used for unknown source addresses, to construct the attack paths. We consider deployment issues and show results from simulations to prove the feasibility of our scheme. We then
more » ... ment our Traceback mechanism in C++ and more realistic experiments are conducted. The experiments show that accurate results, with high traceback speed of a few seconds, are achieved. Compared to existing techniques, our approach is non-intrusive, not requiring any changes to the Internet routers and data packets. Precise information regarding the attack is not required allowing a wide variety of DDoS attack detection techniques to be used. The victim is also relieved from the traceback task during an attack. The scheme is simple and efficient, allowing for a fast traceback, and scalable due to the distribution of processing workload.
doi:10.1109/tnsm.2009.03.090303 fatcat:ln7alfcjrrgklbqszhf6r5f2mi