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LoRDAS: A Low-Rate DoS Attack against Application Servers

Gabriel Maciá-Fernández; Jesús Esteban Díaz Verdejo; Pedro García-Teodoro; Francisco de Toro Negro
Abstract:
In a communication network, there always exist some specific servers that should be considered a critical infrastructure to be protected, specially due to the nature of the services that they provide. In this paper, a low-rate denial of service attack against application servers is presented. The attack gets advantage of known timing mechanisms in the server behaviour to wisely strike ON/OFF attack waveforms that cause denial of service, while the traffic rate sent to the server is controlled, thus allowing to bypass defense mechanisms that rely on the detection of high rate traffics. First, we determine the conditions that a server should present to be considered a potential victim of this attack. As an example, the persistent HTTP server case is presented, being the procedure for striking the attack against it described. Moreover, the efficiency achieved by the attack is evaluated in both simulated and real environments, and its behaviour studied according to the variations on the configuration parameters. The aim of this work1 is to denounce the feasibility of such attacks in order to motivate the development of defense mechanisms.
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Year:
2008
Type of Publication:
Article
Journal:
Lect. Notes in Computer Science
Volume:
5141
Pages:
197-209
ISSN:
0302-9743
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