Network security is a crucial aspect for administrators due to increasing network size and number of functions and controls (e.g.firewall, DPI, parental control). Errors in configuring security controls may result in serious security breaches and vulnerabilities (e.g. blocking legitimate traffic or permitting unwanted traffic) that must be absolutely detected and addressed. This work proposes a novel approach for validating network policy enforcement, by checking the network status and configuration, and detection of the possible causes in case of misconfiguration or software attacks. Our contribution exploits formal methods to model and validate the packet processing and forwarding behaviour of security controls, and to validate the trustworthiness of the controls by using remote attestation. A prototype implementation of this approach is proposed to validate different scenarios.

A formal approach for network security policy validation / Valenza, Fulvio; Su, Tao; Spinoso, Serena; Lioy, Antonio; Sisto, Riccardo; Vallini, Marco. - In: JOURNAL OF WIRELESS MOBILE NETWORKS, UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING AND DEPENDABLE APPLICATIONS. - ISSN 2093-5374. - STAMPA. - 8:1(2017), pp. 79-100. [10.22667/JOWUA.2017.03.31.079]

A formal approach for network security policy validation

VALENZA, FULVIO;SU, TAO;SPINOSO, SERENA;LIOY, ANTONIO;SISTO, Riccardo;VALLINI, MARCO
2017

Abstract

Network security is a crucial aspect for administrators due to increasing network size and number of functions and controls (e.g.firewall, DPI, parental control). Errors in configuring security controls may result in serious security breaches and vulnerabilities (e.g. blocking legitimate traffic or permitting unwanted traffic) that must be absolutely detected and addressed. This work proposes a novel approach for validating network policy enforcement, by checking the network status and configuration, and detection of the possible causes in case of misconfiguration or software attacks. Our contribution exploits formal methods to model and validate the packet processing and forwarding behaviour of security controls, and to validate the trustworthiness of the controls by using remote attestation. A prototype implementation of this approach is proposed to validate different scenarios.
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