Accession Number : ADA610471
Title : Passive Detection of Misbehaving Name Servers
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST
Personal Author(s) : Metcalf, Leigh B ; Spring, Jonathan M
Report Date : Oct 2013
Pagination or Media Count : 29
Abstract : In the process of categorizing malicious domains, distinguishing between suspicious and benign name servers can allow the name servers themselves to be acted against. Name servers do not normally change internet protocol (IP) addresses frequently. Domains that do change IP addresses quickly or often are said to exhibit IP flux, which can allow services, such as web pages that deliver malicious content, to circumvent defenders' attempts to block their IP addresses. IP flux in a name server's domain may be a sign that the name server is suspicious. This report demonstrates that name-server flux exists and is ongoing. Furthermore, there are two types of data that can reveal IP flux in domain name system (DNS) servers: passively collected DNS messages and the contents of several large, top-level domains' official zone files.
Descriptors : *INTERNET , DATA BASES , DETECTION , FILES(RECORDS)
Subject Categories : Computer Systems
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE