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A trust-based model for collaborative intrusion response Singh, Kapil Kumar


Intrusion detection systems (JDS) are quickly becoming a standard component of a network security infrastructure. Most IDS developed to date emphasize detection; response is mainly concentrated on blocking a part of the network after an intrusion has been detected. This mechanism can help in temporarily stopping the intrusion, but such a limited response means that attacking is free for the attacker. The idea behind our approach is to frustrate the intruder by attacking back. This requires developing a sense of trust in the network for the attacked host and establishing proof of the attack so the attack-back action can be justified. In an environment of trust, a more effective collaborative action can be taken by the network entities. To develop this trust model, we propose a protocol that uses encryption and digital signatures over the network logs. The protocol allows the attacked host to prove to the attacker's edge router that it has been attacked. The model is quite flexible, and based on the level of trust developed for the host, an appropriate countermeasure is taken. Besides attack-back, other possible responses could be blocking a part of the network and use of network puzzles to limit the attacker's access to network resources. We also define a heuristic algorithm for selecting the appropriate response based on the level of trust developed for the victim. We believe that the attack-back approach would certainly demoralize novice attackers, and even expert attackers will think twice before attacking again. In addition, the protocol prevents a host from pretending that it has been attacked. We are building a system that can handle a majority of known attacks (signature-based). We are also exploring the idea of adding a third trusted party into the system in order to provide countermeasure action for novel attacks (anomaly-based).

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