Pulse: A class of super-worms against network infrastructure

A. G. Voyiatzis, D. N. Serpanos

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Abstract

Super-worms constitute the most advanced and dangerous threat for networks and the whole Internet. Their goal is to infect the significant majority of Internet hosts in the minimum possible time, by using advanced techniques to partition the Internet address space and to coordinate the infection process. In this paper, we present Pulse, a new class of super-worms, which target network systems and specifically routers, in contrast to conventional worms and super-worms which target network hosts. Pulse super-worms can be very effective and efficient, because they exploit one significant Internet vulnerability: the assumption of Internet's development model that all routers are trustworthy and can coordinate to defend against attacks from external enemies, who have been considered the only enemies traditionally. Pulse super-worms infect routers, thus creating internal enemies undefeatable using the existing security model. As we demonstrate, Pulse super-worms are more efficient than alternatives in infecting network systems and utilize available information for self-organizing their infection policy. Furthermore, we demonstrate through specific attack scenarios, that Pulse super-worms can be extremely effective for a wide range of attacks, especially in information warfare. Finally, we describe countermeasures which are necessary for a successful defense against Pulse super-worms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 23rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCSW 2003
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages28-33
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0769519210, 9780769519210
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCSW 2003 - Providence, United States
Duration: 19 May 200322 May 2003

Other

Other23rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCSW 2003
CountryUnited States
CityProvidence
Period19/5/0322/5/03

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Keywords

  • Computer worms
  • Electronic mail
  • Environmental management
  • Ethernet networks
  • Humans
  • Information security
  • Internet
  • IP networks
  • Network topology
  • Routing protocols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing

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Voyiatzis, A. G., & Serpanos, D. N. (2003). Pulse: A class of super-worms against network infrastructure. In Proceedings - 23rd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCSW 2003 (pp. 28-33). [1203527] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICDCSW.2003.1203527