Securing Virtual Coordinates by Enforcing Physical Laws

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Securing Virtual Coordinates by Enforcing Physical Laws
—Virtual coordinate systems (VCS) provide accurate estimations of latency between arbitrary hosts on a network, while conducting a small amount of actual measurements and relying on node cooperation. While these systems have good accuracy under benign settings, they suffer a severe decrease of their effectiveness when under attack by compromised nodes acting as insider attackers. Previous defenses mitigate such attacks by using machine learning techniques to differentiate good behavior (learned over time) from bad behavior. However, these defense schemes have been shown to be vulnerable to advanced attacks that make the schemes learn malicious behavior as good behavior. We present Newton, a decentralized VCS that is robust to lass of insider attacks. Newton uses an abstraction of a real-life physical system, similar to that of Vivaldi, but in addition uses safety invariants derived from Newton’s laws of motion. As a result, Newton does not need to learn good behavior and can tolera...
Jeffrey Seibert, Sheila Becker, Cristina Nita-Rota
Added 29 Sep 2012
Updated 29 Sep 2012
Type Journal
Year 2012
Authors Jeffrey Seibert, Sheila Becker, Cristina Nita-Rotaru, Radu State
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