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Application Profiling based on Attack Alert Aggregation



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 12, Number 1 (2016)
Pages 2744
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Shalvi Dave — Indus University, India
Bhushan Trivedi — GLSICT, India
Jimit Mahadevia — Elitecore Technologies, India
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




Any Intrusion Detection/Prevention system‘s (IDPS) pre-requisite is a set of defined and tested rules. The Rule set determines the kind of attacks that the IDPS detects and prevents. The rules may be stored in a database, as a pattern, as a regular expression or simply in a flat file format. IDPS matches any incoming or outgoing packet against the pre-defined rules for attack detection and prevention. The detection log is stored for preventive actions.

In this paper, we present a new approach to aggregate alerts considering attack direction, application and type of application. We have formulated an algorithm to tokenize and filter the Rule set of an IDPS. This algorithm generates a rule-classifier file, which contains the unique identifier of the rule obtained from pre-defined IDPS rules and a direction field to classify the attack as a client-side or server-side. Using this rule-classifier file, we then classify any attack as Client-Side or Server-Side Inbound / Outbound attack. This classification helps us to aggregate attack log that further helps the administrator to take precise preventive action.




Rule Set, Tokenize Algorithm, Inbound Attacks, Outbound Attacks




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