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A Data Streaming Method for Monitoring Host Connection Degrees of High-Speed Links

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4 Author(s)
Pinghui Wang ; MOE Key Lab. for Intell. Networks & Network Security, Xi''an Jiaotong Univ., Xi''an, China ; Xiaohong Guan ; Tao Qin ; Qiuzhen Huang

Due to the massive amount of data in high-speed network traffic and the limit on processing capability, it is a great challenge to accurately measure and monitor network traffic over high-speed links online. A new data structure is presented in this paper for locating the hosts associated with large connection degrees or significant changes in connection degrees based on the reversible connection degree sketch to monitor anomalous network traffic. The reversible connection degree sketch builds a compact summary of host connection degrees efficiently and accurately. For each packet coming, it only needs to set several bits selected in a bit array by a group of hash functions. These hash functions are designed based on the Chinese Remainder Theorem so that the in-degree or out-degree associated with a given host can be accurately estimated. With this new data structure, we develop a new reverse sketch method for locating abnormal hosts. Although the reversible connection degree sketch does not preserve any host address information, we can analytically reconstruct the host addresses associated with large connection degrees or significant changes in connection degrees by a simple calculation purely based on the characteristics of the hash functions. Furthermore, a reinforced reversible connection degree sketch, the double connection degree sketch, is developed to reduce false positives which are commonly encountered in the sketch-based methods. A traffic monitoring system based on this double connection degree is developed to detect and classify the abnormal hosts associated with large connection degrees or significant changes in connection degrees. The experiments are conducted based on the actual network traffic and the testing results show that our method is accurate and efficient.

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Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Sept. 2011

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