An Effective and Efficient Approach to Improve Visibility Over Network Communications

Marco Zuppelli, Alessandro Carrega, Matteo Repetto
2021 Journal of Wireless Mobile Networks, Ubiquitous Computing, and Dependable Applications  
Modern applications and services increasingly leverage network infrastructures, cyber-physical systems and distributed computing paradigms to offer unprecedented pervasive and immersive experience to users. Unfortunately, the massive usage of virtualization models, the mix of public and private infrastructures, and the large adoption of service-oriented architectures make the deployment and operation of traditional cyber-security appliances difficult. Although cyber-security architectures are
more » ... ready migrating towards distributed models and smarter detectors to account for ever-evolving forms of malware and attacks, they still miss effective and efficient mechanisms to programmatically inspect these new environments. In this paper, we investigate the use of the extended Berkeley Packet Filter for inspecting network communications. We show how this framework can be employed to selectively gather various information describing a network conversation (e.g., packet headers), in order to spot emerging threats like malicious software taking advantage of hidden communications. Results indicate that our approach can be used to inspect network traffic in a more efficient way compared to other traditional mechanisms.
doi:10.22667/jowua.2021.12.31.089 dblp:journals/jowua/ZuppelliCR21 fatcat:rc2kidy2wbbgzgncrw4ih3ubsa