Validating denial of service vulnerabilities in web services

Suriadi, Suriadi, Clark, Andrew J., & Schmidt, Desmond (2010) Validating denial of service vulnerabilities in web services. In Xiang, Yang, Samarati, Pierangela, Hu, Jiankun, Zhou, Wanlei, & Sadeghi, Ahmad-Reza (Eds.) IEEE Computer Society Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Network and System Security, IEEE Computer Society, Melbourne.

Conference Paper (PDF 682kB)
Published Version.

View at publisher


The loosely-coupled and dynamic nature of web services architectures has many benefits, but also leads to an increased vulnerability to denial of service attacks. While many papers have surveyed and described these vulnerabilities, they are often theoretical and lack experimental data to validate them, and assume an obsolete state of web services technologies. This paper describes experiments involving several denial of service vulnerabilities in well-known web services platforms, including Java Metro, Apache Axis, and Microsoft .NET. The results both confirm and deny the presence of some of the most well-known vulnerabilities in web services technologies. Specifically, major web services platforms appear to cope well with attacks that target memory exhaustion. However, attacks targeting CPU-time exhaustion are still effective, regardless of the victim’s platform.

Impact and interest:

10 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

655 since deposited on 23 Sep 2010
28 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 35760
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture, Denial of Service, XML
DOI: 10.1109/NSS.2010.41
ISBN: 9780769541594
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Networking and Communications (080503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Web Technologies (excl. Web Search) (080505)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IEEE
Copyright Statement: Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2010 06:08
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:19

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page