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Routing Attack Vulnerability Evaluation for Networks

Objective

The Internet is a critical infrastructure that is composed of The Internet is a critical infrastructure that is composed of tens of thousands of networks and is required to work reliably 24/7. An integral functionality to achieve this is stable, efficient and secure routing of data traffic across several network domains. The current inter-domain routing protocol, BGP, facilitates the exchange of control-plane information (i.e., reachability of Internet resources over network paths) in a scalable and expressive manner; however, the lack of inherent security (e.g., authentication) mechanisms in its design frequently results in routing attacks. We focus on BGP prefix hijacking attacks, where a network, either due to malicious intent or because of a misconfiguration, advertises fraudulent/invalid information to the BGP routers of other networks; this information is propagated to the entire Internet, eventually leading to traffic being directed to invalid destinations (ending up dropped or intercepted and manipulated). Available proactive defenses are typically limited and inefficient. In our previous work, we have developed an advanced production-grade detection and mitigation tool that works reactively to counter these attacks. However, in practice, network operators cannot even measure how exposed their networks are to hijacking attempts, as well as their potential impact. In this project, we address exactly this need and aim to build a Proof of Concept (PoC) of a BGP hijacking vulnerability assessment service employing real-world experimentation, accurate simulations and realistic emulations. We aim to evaluate this PoC on at least two real networks, and refine its design using feedback from its future users, i.e., the network operators. We further plan to investigate key challenges towards the commercialization of such a service, namely estimating the costs for rolling out a global peering infrastructure that is needed, and defining the associated product offering.

Host institution

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Address

N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio

Greece

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EU Contribution

€ 150 000

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IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 875671

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 July 2020

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

Hosted by:

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Greece