Quantifying distributed system stability through simulation: A case study of an agent-based system for flow reconstruction of DDoS attacks

Omer Demir, Bilal Khan

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Abstract

We investigate the stability properties of a novel agent-based system for the detection of network bandwidthbased distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The proposed system provides a description of the structure of flows which comprise the DDoS attack. In doing so, it facilitates DDoS mitigation at or near attack traffic sources. The constituent agents within the system operate at the inter autonomous system (AS) level, comprising a distributed collection of IP-layer network taps which self-organize in response to attack flows. We formalize the notion of stability for the proposed system, and show how we can use simulation to identify regions of instability within the system's parameter space. We then modify our system design to circumvent the uncovered singularities, and demonstrate the efficacy and tradeoffs implicit in our redesigned system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISMS 2010 - UKSim/AMSS 1st International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation
Pages312-317
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventUKSim/AMSS 1st International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation, ISMS 2010 - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: Jan 27 2010Jan 29 2010

Publication series

NameISMS 2010 - UKSim/AMSS 1st International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation

Other

OtherUKSim/AMSS 1st International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation, ISMS 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLiverpool
Period1/27/101/29/10

Keywords

  • Agent-based
  • Distributed denial of service
  • Flow reconstruction
  • Simulation
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Demir, O., & Khan, B. (2010). Quantifying distributed system stability through simulation: A case study of an agent-based system for flow reconstruction of DDoS attacks. In ISMS 2010 - UKSim/AMSS 1st International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation (pp. 312-317). [5416074] (ISMS 2010 - UKSim/AMSS 1st International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMS.2010.90