Date of Original Version

2003

Type

Conference Proceeding

Rights Management

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=830562

Abstract or Description

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to plague the Internet. Defense against these attacks is complicated by spoofed source IP addresses,which make it difficult to determine a packet's true origin.We propose Pi (short for Path Identifier), a new packet marking approach in which a path fingerprint is embedded in each packet, enabling a victim to identify packets traversing the same paths through the Internet on a per packet basis, regardless of source IP address spoofing.

Pi features many unique properties. It is a per-packet deterministic mechanism: each packet traveling along the same path carries the same identifier. This allows the victim to take a proactive role in defending against a DDoS attack by using the Pi mark to filter out packets matching the attackers' identifiers on a per packet basis. The Pi scheme performs well under large-scale DDoSattacks consisting of thousands of attackers, and is effective even when only half the routers in the Internet participate in packet marking. Pi marking and filtering are both extremely light-weight and require negligible state.

We use traceroute maps of real Internet topologies (e.g. CAIDA's Skitter [5] and Burch and Cheswick's InternetMap [3, 14]) to simulate DDoS attacks and validate our design.