Practical Modbus flooding attack and detection

Bhatia, Sajal, Kush, Nishchal, Djamaludin, Chris, Akande, Ayodeji, & Foo, Ernest (2014) Practical Modbus flooding attack and detection. In Parampalli, Udaya & Welch, Ian (Eds.) Proceedings of the Twelfth Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC 2014) [Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Volume 149], Australian Computer Society, Inc., Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, pp. 57-65.

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Abstract

The Modicon Communication Bus (Modbus) protocol is one of the most commonly used protocols in industrial control systems. Modbus was not designed to provide security. This paper confirms that the Modbus protocol is vulnerable to flooding attacks. These attacks involve injection of commands that result in disrupting the normal operation of the control system. This paper describes a set of experiments that shows that an anomaly-based change detection algorithm and signature-based Snort threshold module are capable of detecting Modbus flooding attacks. In comparing these intrusion detection techniques, we find that the signature-based detection requires a carefully selected threshold value, and that the anomaly-based change detection algorithm may have a short delay before detecting the attacks depending on the parameters used. In addition, we also generate a network traffic dataset of flooding attacks on the Modbus control system protocol.

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ID Code: 66228
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Modbus, Denial-of-Service (DoS), Change Detection, Intrusion Detection
ISBN: 978-1-921770-32-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900) > Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified (089999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian Computer Society, Inc.
Copyright Statement: This paper appeared at the Australasian Information Security Conference(ACSW-AISC 2014), Auckland, New Zealand, January 2014. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 149, Udaya Parampalli and Ian Welch, Ed. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2014 22:12
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 12:17

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