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The Index Poisoning Attack in P2P File Sharing Systems

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The Index Poisoning Attack in P2P File Sharing Systems
— P2P file-sharing systems have indexes, which users search to find locations of desired titles. In the index poisoning attack, the attacker inserts massive numbers of bogus records into the index for a set of targeted titles. As a result, when a user searches for a targeted title, the index returns bogus results, such as bogus file identifiers, bogus IP addresses, or bogus port numbers. In this paper we first show that both structured and unstructured P2P file-sharing systems are highly vulnerable to the index poisoning attack. We then develop a novel and efficient methodology for estimating index poisoning levels and pollution levels in file-sharing systems. The methodology is efficient in that involves neither the downloading nor the analysis of binary content files. We deploy data-harvesting platforms for FastTrack, an unstructured file-sharing system, and Overnet, a DHT-based file-sharing system. Applying our methodology to harvested data, we find that index poisoni...
Jian Liang, Naoum Naoumov, Keith W. Ross
Added 11 Jun 2010
Updated 11 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where INFOCOM
Authors Jian Liang, Naoum Naoumov, Keith W. Ross
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