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A novel network platform for secure and efficient malware collection based on reconfigurable hardware logic

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2 Author(s)
Mühlbach, S. ; Secure Things Group, Center for Adv. Security Res. Darmstadt (CASED), Darmstadt, Germany ; Koch, A.

With the growing diversity of malware, researchers must be able to quickly collect many representative samples for study. This can be done, e.g., by using honeypots. As an alternative to software-based honeypots, we propose a singlechip honeypot appliance that is entirely hardware-based and thus significantly more resilient against compromising attacks. Additionally, it can easily keep up with network speeds of 10+ Gb/s and emulate thousands of vulnerable hosts. As base technology, we employ reconfigurable hardware devices whose functionality is not fixed by the manufacturing process. We present improvements to the platform, aiming to simplify management and updates. To this end, we introduce the domain-specific language VEDL, which can be used to describe the honeypot behavior in a highlevel manner by security experts not proficient in hardware design.

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Internet Security (WorldCIS), 2011 World Congress on

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21-23 Feb. 2011