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Nikoue, Jean Claude, Butakov, Sergey, Malik, Yasir.  2019.  Security Evaluation Methodology for Software Defined Network Solutions. 2019 International Conference on Platform Technology and Service (PlatCon). :1–6.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has introduced both innovative opportunities and additional risks in the computer networking. Among disadvantages of SDNs one can mention their susceptibility to vulnerabilities associated with both virtualization and the traditional networking. Selecting a proper controller for an organization may not be a trivial task as there is a variety of SDN controllers on the market and each of them may come with its own pros and cons from the security point of view. This research proposes a comprehensive methodology for organizations to evaluate security-related features available in SDN controllers. The methodology can serve as a guideline in the decisions related to SDN choice. The proposed security assessment follows a structured approach to evaluate each layer of the SDN architecture and each metrics defined in presented research has been matched with the security controls defined in NIST 800-53. Through the tests on actual controllers the paper provides an example on how the proposed methodology can be used to evaluate existing SDN solutions.

Malik, Yasir, Campos, Carlos Renato Salim, Jaafar, Fehmi.  2019.  Detecting Android Security Vulnerabilities Using Machine Learning and System Calls Analysis. 2019 IEEE 19th International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security Companion (QRS-C). :109–113.
Android operating systems have become a prime target for cyber attackers due to security vulnerabilities in the underlying operating system and application design. Recently, anomaly detection techniques are widely studied for security vulnerabilities detection and classification. However, the ability of the attackers to create new variants of existing malware using various masking techniques makes it harder to deploy these techniques effectively. In this research, we present a robust and effective vulnerabilities detection approach based on anomaly detection in a system calls of benign and malicious Android application. The anomaly in our study is type, frequency, and sequence of system calls that represent a vulnerability. Our system monitors the processes of benign and malicious application and detects security vulnerabilities based on the combination of parameters and metrics, i.e., type, frequency and sequence of system calls to classify the process behavior as benign or malign. The detection algorithm detects the anomaly based on the defined scoring function f and threshold ρ. The system refines the detection process by applying machine learning techniques to find a combination of system call metrics and explore the relationship between security bugs and the pattern of system calls detected. The experiment results show the detection rate of the proposed algorithm based on precision, recall, and f-score for different machine learning algorithms.
Zhang, Naiji, Jaafar, Fehmi, Malik, Yasir.  2019.  Low-Rate DoS Attack Detection Using PSD Based Entropy and Machine Learning. 2019 6th IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security and Cloud Computing (CSCloud)/ 2019 5th IEEE International Conference on Edge Computing and Scalable Cloud (EdgeCom). :59–62.
The Distributed Denial of Service attack is one of the most common attacks and it is hard to mitigate, however, it has become more difficult while dealing with the Low-rate DoS (LDoS) attacks. The LDoS exploits the vulnerability of TCP congestion-control mechanism by sending malicious traffic at the low constant rate and influence the victim machine. Recently, machine learning approaches are applied to detect the complex DDoS attacks and improve the efficiency and robustness of the intrusion detection system. In this research, the algorithm is designed to balance the detection rate and its efficiency. The detection algorithm combines the Power Spectral Density (PSD) entropy function and Support Vector Machine to detect LDoS traffic from normal traffic. In our solution, the detection rate and efficiency are adjustable based on the parameter in the decision algorithm. To have high efficiency, the detection method will always detect the attacks by calculating PSD-entropy first and compare it with the two adaptive thresholds. The thresholds can efficiently filter nearly 19% of the samples with a high detection rate. To minimize the computational cost and look only for the patterns that are most relevant for detection, Support Vector Machine based machine learning model is applied to learn the traffic pattern and select appropriate features for detection algorithm. The experimental results show that the proposed approach can detect 99.19% of the LDoS attacks and has an O (n log n) time complexity in the best case.
Kaur, Gurpreet, Malik, Yasir, Samuel, Hamman, Jaafar, Fehmi.  2018.  Detecting Blind Cross-Site Scripting Attacks Using Machine Learning. Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Signal Processing and Machine Learning. :22–25.

Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a scripting attack targeting web applications by injecting malicious scripts into web pages. Blind XSS is a subset of stored XSS, where an attacker blindly deploys malicious payloads in web pages that are stored in a persistent manner on target servers. Most of the XSS detection techniques used to detect the XSS vulnerabilities are inadequate to detect blind XSS attacks. In this research, we present machine learning based approach to detect blind XSS attacks. Testing results help to identify malicious payloads that are likely to get stored in databases through web applications.