A security framework for protecting traffic between collaborative domains

Yingfei Dong, Changho Choi, Zhi Li Zhang

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In this paper, we propose a novel Secure Name Service (SNS) framework for enhancing the service availability between collaborative domains (e.g. extranets). The key idea is to enforce packet authentication through resource virtualization and utilize dynamic name binding to protect servers from unauthorized accesses, denial of service (DOS) and other attacks. Different from traditional static network security schemes such as VPN, the dynamic name binding of SNS allows us to actively protect critical resources through distributed filtering mechanisms built in collaborative domains. In this paper, we present the architecture of the SNS framework, the design of SNS naming scheme, and the design of authenticated packet forwarding. We have implemented the prototype of authenticated packet forwarding mechanism on Linux platforms. Our experimental results demonstrate that regular Linux platforms are sufficient to support the SNS authenticated packet forwarding for 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet LANs. To further improve the performance and scalability, we have also designed and implemented unique two-layer fast name lookup schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-559
Number of pages13
JournalMicroprocessors and Microsystems
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under the grants ANI-0073819, ITR-0085824, and CAREER Award NCR-9734428. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


  • Internet application/service
  • Network security
  • Service availability


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