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A technique for detecting new attacks in low-interaction honeypot traffic

Almotairi, Saleh I., Clark, Andrew J., Mohay, George M., & Zimmermann, Jacob (2009) A technique for detecting new attacks in low-interaction honeypot traffic. In Georgescu, Sorin, Heikkinen, Seppo, & Popescu, Manuela (Eds.) Proceeding of the Fourth International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection, 24-28 May 2009, Venice/Mestre, Italy.

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Abstract

Honeypots are flexible security tools for gathering artefacts associated with a variety of Internet attack activities. While existing work on honeypot traffic analysis focuses mainly on identifying existing attacks, this paper describes a technique for detecting new attacks based on principal component analysis. The proposed technique requires no prior knowledge of attack types and has low computational requirements that makes it suitable for online detection systems. Our method of detecting new attacks is based on measuring changes in the residual space using square prediction error (SPE) statistics. When attack vectors are projected onto the residual space, attacks that are not presented by the main hyperspace will create new directions with high SPE values. We demonstrate the usefulness of our technique by using real traffic data from the Leurré.com project, a world-wide deployment of low-interaction honeypots, where several examples of new traffic detected by the system are illustrated.

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ID Code: 20882
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: honeypot monitoring, intrusion detection, network security, principal component analysis
DOI: 10.1109/ICIMP.2009.9
ISBN: 9780769536125
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 IEEE Computer Society
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Deposited On: 10 Jun 2009 13:52
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