Lightweight authentication mechanism for software defined network using information hiding

Osamah Ibrahiem Abdullaziz, Yu Jia Chen, Li-Chun Wang

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Abstract

Software defined network (SDN) is an emerging network architecture which offloads the control logic of the network from the underlying forwarding devices to a centralized controller. This centralized control intelligence software defines the behavior of the network. However, the programmability and centralization of the SDN architecture introduce potential security concerns. In this paper, we first investigate the threats of denial of service (DoS) attacks on the SDN control channel. Then, we evaluate the impact of DoS by simulating a DoS attack against the network controller. Our results show that it is possible to exhaust the controller resources in the absence of an authentication mechanism. Finally, we propose a lightweight information hiding authentication mechanism to prevent DoS attacks in the SDN control channel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509013289
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event59th IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: 4 Dec 20168 Dec 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference59th IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period4/12/168/12/16

Keywords

  • Denial of service attacks
  • Information hiding
  • Software defined network

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    Abdullaziz, O. I., Chen, Y. J., & Wang, L-C. (2016). Lightweight authentication mechanism for software defined network using information hiding. In 2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016 - Proceedings [7841954] (2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016 - Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/GLOCOM.2016.7841954