Featuring 15 Papers as of March 25, 2013
Detecting DNS Tunneling Masters
Greg Farnham - March 25, 2013
Web browsing and email use the important protocol, the Domain Name System (DNS), which allows applications to function using names, such as example.com, instead of hard-to-remember IP addresses.
Guy Bruneau - November 9, 2010
Why use a DNS sinkhole? The Domain Name Service is a core service used to access the Internet, so control of DNS equates to at least partial control of Internet traffic. By intercepting outbound DNS requests attempting to access known malicious domains, such as botnets, spyware, and fake antivirus, an organization can control the response and prevent organization computers from connecting to these domains. This activity prevents unwanted communications and is capable of mitigating known and unknown threats hosted on known malicious or unwanted domains.
Visualizing the Hosting Patterns of Modern Cybercriminals
Andrew Hunt - September 21, 2010
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is critically important to translating human readable domain names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Take Google, for example. Without DNS, users would find it extremely difficult to connect to one of the hundreds of IP addresses providing Google's services. Resolving 'google.com' via DNS provides the user almost instantaneous access to Google content from the closest four of its thousands of servers. This speed of association and resiliency has been the backbone of the Internet's success. This holds true for those serving legitimate content and services, and for those meaning to do harm. This paper will demonstrate how historical DNS resolution data can be used to identify patterns of malicious domain registrations. It will also show how to identify weak points, assisting security analysts in the defense of their networks.
CURRENT ISSUES IN DNS Masters
Craig Wright - December 30, 2008
This paper will look at the issues facing DNS as well as conduct an analysis of the existing DNS infrastructure to assess its state and weaknesses.
DNS Spoofing by The Man In The Middle
Ian Green - May 5, 2005
This paper is based on a vulnerability in the Windows XP DNS resolver. While other parties have recently published this vulnerability, the vulnerability was independently discovered during research for this paper.
The Evolving Threats to the Availability and Security of the Domain Name Service
John Holmblad - December 13, 2003
This paper provides an overview of the role of the Domain Name Server (DNS) system among the essential components that comprise the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know it today, examines the security related aspects of its operation, along with some of the key exploits that have been mounted in the last several years against the system and the services that it provides.
DNS, DNSSEC and the Future
David Hinshelwood - October 31, 2003
The aim is to mitigate the risks of mis-configuration and attack so down time is kept to a minimum or compensated for by reducing the single point of failure.
Security Issues with DNS
Florent Carli - October 31, 2003
This document first reviews some basics about how DNS works, then goes into explaining the different ways a hacker can attack the DNS protocol implementation to use it to his own advantage.
The Achilles Heal of DNS
Christopher Irving - October 31, 2003
This paper will attempt to illustrate consequences of protocols associated with Routing and DNS attacks which either completely lacks or has very poor methods of authentication.
DNS Security Considerations and the Alternatives to BIND
Lim Chor - October 31, 2003
This paper discusses important considerations regarding DNS Security.
Current Issues in DNS Security: ICANN's November 2001 Annual Meeting
James Sweetman - October 31, 2003
After a brief, policy-level introduction to DNS and ICANN, this paper summarizes the results of a 4-day meeting held during November 2001, on DNS security issues addressing: existing DNS security measures, security risks in the DNS and number management, and the responses by ICANN and the community.
Defense in Depth for DNS
Cheng Teoh - October 31, 2003
This paper will focus on security for the most widely used DNS server on the Internet, namely the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND).
Why is securing DNS zone transfer necessary ?
Steve Lau - October 31, 2003
This paper will focus on the reason for securing DNS zone transfers between DNS Name Servers, concentrating on the use of allow-transfer statement in Berkley Internet Name Domain (BIND) DNS to accomplish the goal of preventing DNS poisoning or spoofing.
Installation of a Red Hat 9.0 server with DNS services, emphasising security
Mark Chandler - October 31, 2003
This paper seeks to provide an edited account of the work done by the author to create a minimal-install, primary DNS server based on a Linux platform including some discussion as to why certain decisions were made and the reasons for the method used to build the system.
How Secure are the Root DNS Servers?
Susan Baranowski - October 31, 2003
This paper addresses the current state of the root name server system and its operation.
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