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A Security Framework for Routing Protocols


A Security Framework for Routing Protocols

Prajapati, Nitin (2014) A Security Framework for Routing Protocols. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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With the rise in internet traffic surveillance and monitoring activities, the routing infrastructure has become an obvious target of attack as compromised routers can be used to stage large scale attacks. Routing protocols are also subjected to various threats such as capture and replay of packets that disclose the network information, forged routing control messages that may compromise a connection by deception, disruption of an on-going connection causing DoS attacks and spreading of unauthentic routing information in the network. Presently, strong cryptographic suites and key management mechanisms (IPsec and IKE) are available to secure host-to-host data communication but none of them focus on securing routing protocols. Today's routing protocols use a shared secret to perform mutual authentication and authorization, and depend on manual keying methods. For message integrity, they either rely on some built-in or external security feature that uses the same shared secret.

The KARP working group of the IETF identified that the work is required to tighten the security of the routing protocols and demonstrated that automated key management solutions are needed for increasing security. Towards this goal we propose the RPsec framework. RPsec provides a common baseline for development of KMPs for the routing protocols, supports both automated and manual key management, and overcomes the weakness of existing manual key methods.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Prajapati, Nitin
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Comp. Sc.
Program:Computer Science
Date:14 October 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Atwood, John William
ID Code:979132
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 14:21
Last Modified:18 Jul 2019 16:03
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