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Botnet Detection by Monitoring Group Activities in DNS Traffic. Speaker:Chiang Hong-Ren. Outline. Abstract Introduction Related Work Bontet DNS-Based Botnet Detection Mechanism Evaluation Discussion Conclusion. Abstract.

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    1. Botnet Detection by Monitoring Group Activities in DNS Traffic Speaker:Chiang Hong-Ren

    2. Outline • Abstract • Introduction • Related Work • Bontet • DNS-Based Botnet Detection Mechanism • Evaluation • Discussion • Conclusion

    3. Abstract • we propose a botnet detection mechanism by monitoring DNS traffic to detect botnets, which form a group activity in DNS queries simultaneously sent by distributed bots. • From the experiments on a campus network, it is shown that the proposed mechanism can detect botnets effectively while bots are connecting to their server or migrating to another server.

    4. Introduction • We have developed the botnet detection mechanism with the following four steps. • we found several features of botnet DNS traffic that is distinguishable from legitimate DNS traffic. • we defined the key feature of DNS traffic called group activity. • we developed an algorithm that differentiate botnet DNS query by using group activity feature. • we analyzed the algorithm to prove feasibility of our mechanism.

    5. Related Work • Barford et al. presented a perspective based on an in-depth analysis of bot software source code and reveals the complexity of botnet software. • Bots are sending DNS queries in order to access the C&C channel server. Used DNS redirection to monitor botnets. • Dagon also present botnet Detection and response approach with analyzing peculiarity of botnet rallying DNS traffic. • Ramachandran developed techniques and heuristics for detecting DNSBL reconnaissance activity.

    6. BotNet - Growth of Botnet(1/4) • A botnet is a large pool of compromised hosts that are controlled by a botmaster. • Recent botnets use the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server as their C&C server for controlling the botnet. • However the traffic among bots, the C&C sever and the botmaster can be considered as legitimate traffic because it is hard to distinguish from normal traffic.

    7. BotNet - Rally Problem and IRC Server(2/4) • The key problem of a botmaster is how to rally the infected hosts. • Botmaster want their botnets to be invisible and portable. • they uses DNS for rallying. It is possible to use other method for rallying the bots. • Most of them cannot provide both mobility and invisibility at the same time. • the hard coded IP address is unchangeable, so it cannot provide any mobility.

    8. BotNet - C&C Server Migration(3/4) • If a botnet uses only a single C&C server, the botnet could easily be detected and disarmed. • A botmaster wants to arrange several C&C servers which can be listed in the bot binary for the stability of the botnet and uses a dynamic DNS (DDNS). • root C&C server cannot operate well or link failure occurred, candidate C&C servers can be a feasible substitution for the root C&C server. • previous domain name of botnet C&C server is blocked, botmaster can just moves his botnet to another candidate C&C server.

    9. BotNet - Features of Botnet DNS(4/4) • Infected hosts automatically access the C&C server with its domain name. • At the rallying procedure • At the malicious behaviors of a botnet • At C&C server link failures • At C&C server migration • At C&C server IP address changes

    10. DNS-Based Botnet Detection Mechanism(1/3) • We developed a botnet DNS query detection algorithm by using the different features of botnet DNS and legitimate DNS.

    11. DNS-Based Botnet Detection Mechanism(2/3) • Botnet DNS Query Detection Algorithm (BDQDA) • Insert-DNS-Query • We inserted the domain name and source IP address of queries to A • checking it already existed in A. • check the IP address already exist in the IP list of the domain name. • Delete-DNS-Query • removing redundant DNS query. • If the size of IP list do not exceed the size threshold • the domain name is legitimate which already exist in a whitelist • Detect-BotDNS-Query • We define and compute numerical value of group activity of botnet DNS, called similarity. • We let S denote the similarity such that

    12. DNS-Based Botnet Detection Mechanism(3/3) • Migrating Botnet Detection Algorithm (MBDA) • The first and second stage( Insert-DNS-Query and Delete-DNS-Query) are same but third step of algorithm is different. • bots use two different domain name of C&C server, therefore we compare the IP lists of different domain name which have similar size of IP list. • Botnet Detection System • The botnet detection system that combines both of botnet query detection and migrating botnet detection, requires DNS traffic data. • Moreover, the system is sensitive to the threshold values so, it must be carefully decided.

    13. Evaluation(1/4) • We made the scenario script for verifying the algorithms and the scenario includes • botnet construction • rally to the C&C server • command and control for spam mailing, DDoS attack, C&C server migration • We also migrates our botnet from root IRC C&C server to candidate IRC server for verifying the migrating botnet detection algorithm. • A time unit is 1 hour and a size threshold for the detection algorithm is 5(size of IP List) and similarity threshold is 0.8.

    14. Evaluation(2/4)

    15. Evaluation(3/4)

    16. Evaluation(4/4)

    17. Discussion • The botnet can evade our algorithms when the botnet uses DNS only at initializing and never use it again (moreover, do not migrate the botnet). • It is possible to paralyze our algorithm with intentionally generated DNS queries that spoof their sources.

    18. Conclusion • It is necessary to provide appropriate countermeasure botnet which become a one of the biggest threat of network security and major contributor to unwanted network traffic. • we researched a simple mechanism to detect a botnet by using a DNS queries which used by botnet. • The two different algorithm for botnet detection are proposed and both can detect the specific activity of botnet nicely.