The overlay scan attack: inferring topologies of distributed pub/sub systems through broker saturation

@inproceedings{Aniello2014TheOS,
  title={The overlay scan attack: inferring topologies of distributed pub/sub systems through broker saturation},
  author={Leonardo Aniello and Roberto Baldoni and Claudio Ciccotelli and Giuseppe Antonio Di Luna and Francesco Frontali and Leonardo Querzoni},
  booktitle={DEBS},
  year={2014}
}
While pub/sub communication middleware has become main-stream in many application domains, little has been done to assess its weaknesses from a security standpoint. Complex attacks are usually planned by attackers by carefully analyzing the victim to identify those systems that, if successfully targeted, could provide the most effective result. In this paper we show that some pub/sub middleware are inherently vulnerable to a specific kind of preparatory attack, namely the Overlay Scan Attack… CONTINUE READING

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