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BLATTA: early exploit setection on network traffic with recurrent neural networks

Pratomo, Baskoro, Burnap, Peter ORCID: and Theodorakopoulos, Georgios ORCID: 2020. BLATTA: early exploit setection on network traffic with recurrent neural networks. Security and Communication Networks 2020 , 8826038. 10.1155/2020/8826038

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Detecting exploits is crucial since the effect of undetected ones can be devastating. Identifying their presence on the network allows us to respond and block their malicious payload before they cause damage to the system. Inspecting the payload of network traffic may offer better performance in detecting exploits as they tend to hide their presence and behave similarly to legitimate traffic. Previous works on deep packet inspection for detecting malicious traffic regularly read the full length of application layer messages. As the length varies, longer messages will take more time to analyse, during which time the attack creates a disruptive impact on the system. Hence, we propose a novel early exploit detection mechanism that scans network traffic, reading only 35.21% of application layer messages to predict malicious traffic while retaining 97.57% detection rate, and a 1.93% false positive rate. Our recurrent neural network (RNN)-based model is the first work to our knowledge that provides early prediction of malicious application layer messages, thus detecting a potential attack earlier than other state-of-the-art approaches, and enabling a form of early warning system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Publisher: Hindawi
ISSN: 1939-0114
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 29 June 2020
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2023 16:38

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