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2019-11-12
Katsini, Christina, Raptis, George E., Fidas, Christos, Avouris, Nikolaos.  2018.  Towards Gaze-Based Quantification of the Security of Graphical Authentication Schemes. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications. :17:1-17:5.

In this paper, we introduce a two-step method for estimating the strength of user-created graphical passwords based on the eye-gaze behaviour during password composition. First, the individuals' gaze patterns, represented by the unique fixations on each area of interest (AOI) and the total fixation duration per AOI, are calculated. Second, the gaze-based entropy of the individual is calculated. To investigate whether the proposed metric is a credible predictor of the password strength, we conducted two feasibility studies. Results revealed a strong positive correlation between the strength of the created passwords and the gaze-based entropy. Hence, we argue that the proposed gaze-based metric allows for unobtrusive prediction of the strength of the password a user is going to create and enables intervention to the password composition for helping users create stronger passwords.

Zhang, Xian, Ben, Kerong, Zeng, Jie.  2018.  Cross-Entropy: A New Metric for Software Defect Prediction. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security (QRS). :111-122.

Defect prediction is an active topic in software quality assurance, which can help developers find potential bugs and make better use of resources. To improve prediction performance, this paper introduces cross-entropy, one common measure for natural language, as a new code metric into defect prediction tasks and proposes a framework called DefectLearner for this process. We first build a recurrent neural network language model to learn regularities in source code from software repository. Based on the trained model, the cross-entropy of each component can be calculated. To evaluate the discrimination for defect-proneness, cross-entropy is compared with 20 widely used metrics on 12 open-source projects. The experimental results show that cross-entropy metric is more discriminative than 50% of the traditional metrics. Besides, we combine cross-entropy with traditional metric suites together for accurate defect prediction. With cross-entropy added, the performance of prediction models is improved by an average of 2.8% in F1-score.

2019-10-08
Liu, Y., Yuan, X., Li, M., Zhang, W., Zhao, Q., Zhong, J., Cao, Y., Li, Y., Chen, L., Li, H. et al..  2018.  High Speed Device-Independent Quantum Random Number Generation without Detection Loophole. 2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO). :1–2.

We report a an experimental study of device-independent quantum random number generation based on an detection-loophole free Bell test with entangled photons. After considering statistical fluctuations and applying an 80 Gb × 45.6 Mb Toeplitz matrix hashing, we achieve a final random bit rate of 114 bits/s, with a failure probability less than 10-5.

2019-09-05
Nasseralfoghara, M., Hamidi, H..  2019.  Web Covert Timing Channels Detection Based on Entropy. 2019 5th International Conference on Web Research (ICWR). :12-15.
Todays analyzing web weaknesses and vulnerabilities in order to find security attacks has become more urgent. In case there is a communication contrary to the system security policies, a covert channel has been created. The attacker can easily disclosure information from the victim's system with just one public access permission. Covert timing channels, unlike covert storage channels, do not have memory storage and they draw less attention. Different methods have been proposed for their identification, which generally benefit from the shape of traffic and the channel's regularity. In this article, an entropy-based detection method is designed and implemented. The attacker can adjust the amount of channel entropy by controlling measures such as changing the channel's level or creating noise on the channel to protect from the analyst's detection. As a result, the entropy threshold is not always constant for detection. By comparing the entropy from different levels of the channel and the analyst, we conclude that the analyst must investigate traffic at all possible levels.
Belozubova, A., Epishkina, A., Kogos, K..  2018.  Dummy Traffic Generation to Limit Timing Covert Channels. 2018 IEEE Conference of Russian Young Researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EIConRus). :1472-1476.
Covert channels are used to hidden transmit information and violate the security policy. What is more it is possible to construct covert channel in such manner that protection system is not able to detect it. IP timing covert channels are objects for research in the article. The focus of the paper is the research of how one can counteract an information leakage by dummy traffic generation. The covert channel capacity formula has been obtained in case of counteraction. In conclusion, the examples of counteraction tool parameter calculation are given.
2019-05-20
Sadkhan, S. B., Reda, D. M..  2018.  A Proposed Security Evaluator for Cryptosystem Based on Information Theory and Triangular Game. 2018 International Conference on Advanced Science and Engineering (ICOASE). :306-311.

The purpose of this research is to propose a new mathematical model, designed to evaluate the security of cryptosystems. This model is a mixture of ideas from two basic mathematical theories, information theory and game theory. The role of information theory is assigning the model with security criteria of the cryptosystems. The role of game theory was to produce the value of the game which is representing the outcome of these criteria, which finally refers to cryptosystem's security. The proposed model support an accurate and mathematical way to evaluate the security of cryptosystems by unifying the criteria resulted from information theory and produce a unique reasonable value.

2019-04-05
Vastel, A., Rudametkin, W., Rouvoy, R..  2018.  FP -TESTER : Automated Testing of Browser Fingerprint Resilience. 2018 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS PW). :103-107.
Despite recent regulations and growing user awareness, undesired browser tracking is increasing. In addition to cookies, browser fingerprinting is a stateless technique that exploits a device's configuration for tracking purposes. In particular, browser fingerprinting builds on attributes made available from Javascript and HTTP headers to create a unique and stable fingerprint. For example, browser plugins have been heavily exploited by state-of-the-art browser fingerprinters as a rich source of entropy. However, as browser vendors abandon plugins in favor of extensions, fingerprinters will adapt. We present FP-TESTER, an approach to automatically test the effectiveness of browser fingerprinting countermeasure extensions. We implement a testing toolkit to be used by developers to reduce browser fingerprintability. While countermeasures aim to hinder tracking by changing or blocking attributes, they may easily introduce subtle side-effects that make browsers more identifiable, rendering the extensions counterproductive. FP-TESTER reports on the side-effects introduced by the countermeasure, as well as how they impact tracking duration from a fingerprinter's point-of-view. To the best of our knowledge, FP-TESTER is the first tool to assist developers in fighting browser fingerprinting and reducing the exposure of end-users to such privacy leaks.
2019-04-01
Alibadi, S. H., Sadkhan, S. B..  2018.  A Proposed Security Evaluation Method for Bluetooth E0Based on Fuzzy Logic. 2018 International Conference on Advanced Science and Engineering (ICOASE). :324–329.

The security level is very important in Bluetooth, because the network or devices using secure communication, are susceptible to many attacks against the transmitted data received through eavesdropping. The cryptosystem designers needs to know the complexity of the designed Bluetooth E0. And what the advantages given by any development performed on any known Bluetooth E0Encryption method. The most important criteria can be used in evaluation method is considered as an important aspect. This paper introduce a proposed fuzzy logic technique to evaluate the complexity of Bluetooth E0Encryption system by choosing two parameters, which are entropy and correlation rate, as inputs to proposed fuzzy logic based Evaluator, which can be applied with MATLAB system.

2019-03-25
Erbay, C., Ergïn, S..  2018.  Random Number Generator Based on Hydrogen Gas Sensor for Security Applications. 2018 IEEE 61st International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS). :709–712.
Cryptographic applications need high-quality random number generator (RNG) for strong security and privacy measures. This paper presents RNG based on a hydrogen gas sensor that is fabricated by using microfabrication techniques. The proposed approach extracts the thermal noise information as an entropy source from the gas sensor that is non-deterministic during its operation and using hash function SHA-256 as post processing. This non-deterministic noise is then processed to acquire a random number set fulfilling the NIST 800-22 statistical randomness test suite and it demonstrates that a gas sensor based RNG can provide high-quality random numbers. Secure data transfer is possible by having this method directly without any other hardware where hydrogen gas sensor needs to be used such as petrochemical field, fuel cells, and nuclear reactors.
2019-03-22
Obert, J., Chavez, A., Johnson, J..  2018.  Behavioral Based Trust Metrics and the Smart Grid. 2018 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications/ 12th IEEE International Conference On Big Data Science And Engineering (TrustCom/BigDataSE). :1490-1493.

To ensure reliable and predictable service in the electrical grid it is important to gauge the level of trust present within critical components and substations. Although trust throughout a smart grid is temporal and dynamically varies according to measured states, it is possible to accurately formulate communications and service level strategies based on such trust measurements. Utilizing an effective set of machine learning and statistical methods, it is shown that establishment of trust levels between substations using behavioral pattern analysis is possible. It is also shown that the establishment of such trust can facilitate simple secure communications routing between substations.

2019-03-11
Xie, X. L., Xue, W. X..  2018.  An Empirical Study of Web Software Trustworthiness Measurement. 2018 2nd IEEE Advanced Information Management,Communicates,Electronic and Automation Control Conference (IMCEC). :1474–1481.

The aim of this paper is to present a fresh methodology of improved evidence synthesis for assessing software trustworthiness, which can unwind collisions stemming from proofs and these proofs' own uncertainties. To achieve this end, the paper, on the ground of ISO/IEC 9126 and web software attributes, models the indicator framework by factor analysis. Then, the paper conducts an calculation of the weight for each indicator via the technique of structural entropy and makes a fuzzy judgment matrix concerning specialists' comments. This study performs a computation of scoring and grade regarding software trustworthiness by using of the criterion concerning confidence degree discernment and comes up with countermeasures to promote trustworthiness. Relying on online accounting software, this study makes an empirical analysis to further confirm validity and robustness. This paper concludes with pointing out limitations.

2019-03-04
Husari, G., Niu, X., Chu, B., Al-Shaer, E..  2018.  Using Entropy and Mutual Information to Extract Threat Actions from Cyber Threat Intelligence. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI). :1–6.
With the rapid growth of the cyber attacks, cyber threat intelligence (CTI) sharing becomes essential for providing advance threat notice and enabling timely response to cyber attacks. Our goal in this paper is to develop an approach to extract low-level cyber threat actions from publicly available CTI sources in an automated manner to enable timely defense decision making. Specifically, we innovatively and successfully used the metrics of entropy and mutual information from Information Theory to analyze the text in the cybersecurity domain. Combined with some basic NLP techniques, our framework, called ActionMiner has achieved higher precision and recall than the state-of-the-art Stanford typed dependency parser, which usually works well in general English but not cybersecurity texts.
2019-01-21
Wang, X., Hou, Y., Huang, X., Li, D., Tao, X., Xu, J..  2018.  Security Analysis of Key Extraction from Physical Measurements with Multiple Adversaries. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops). :1–6.
In this paper, security of secret key extraction scheme is evaluated for private communication between legitimate wireless devices. Multiple adversaries that distribute around these legitimate wireless devices eavesdrop on the data transmitted between them, and deduce the secret key. Conditional min-entropy given the view of those adversaries is utilized as security evaluation metric in this paper. Besides, the wiretap channel model and hidden Markov model (HMM) are regarded as the channel model and a dynamic programming approach is used to approximate conditional min- entropy. Two algorithms are proposed to mathematically calculate the conditional min- entropy by combining the Viterbi algorithm with the Forward algorithm. Optimal method with multiple adversaries (OME) algorithm is proposed firstly, which has superior performance but exponential computation complexity. To reduce this complexity, suboptimal method with multiple adversaries (SOME) algorithm is proposed, using performance degradation for the computation complexity reduction. In addition to the theoretical analysis, simulation results further show that the OME algorithm indeed has superior performance as well as the SOME algorithm has more efficient computation.
2019-01-16
Popalyar, F., Yaqini, A..  2018.  A trust model based on evidence-based subjective logic for securing wireless mesh networks. 2018 21st Conference on Innovation in Clouds, Internet and Networks and Workshops (ICIN). :1–5.
Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) is a promising networking technology, which is cost effective, robust, easily maintainable and provides reliable service coverage. WMNs do not rely on a centralized administration and have a distributed nature in which nodes can participate in routing packets. Such design and structure makes WMNs vulnerable to a variety of security threats. Therefore, to ensure secure route discovery in WMNs, we propose a trust model which is based on Evidence- Based Subjective Logic (EBSL). The proposed trust model computes trust values of individual nodes and manages node reputation. We use watchdog detection mechanism to monitor selfish behavior in the network. A node's final trust value is calculated by aggregating the nodes direct and recommendation trust information. The proposed trust model ensures secure routing of packets by avoiding paths with untrusted nodes. The trust model is able to detect selfish behavior such as black-hole and gray-hole attacks.
2018-11-19
Huang, X., Du, X., Song, B..  2017.  An Effective DDoS Defense Scheme for SDN. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC). :1–6.
In this paper, we propose a scheme to protect the Software Defined Network(SDN) controller from Distributed Denial-of-Service(DDoS) attacks. We first predict the amount of new requests for each openflow switch periodically based on Taylor series, and the requests will then be directed to the security gateway if the prediction value is beyond the threshold. The requests that caused the dramatic decrease of entropy will be filtered out and rules will be made in security gateway by our algorithm; the rules of these requests will be sent to the controller. The controller will send the rules to each switch to make them direct the flows matching with the rules to the honey pot. The simulation shows the averages of both false positive and false negative are less than 2%.
2018-10-26
Sadkhan, S. B., Reda, D. M..  2018.  Cryptosystem Security Evaluation Based on Diagonal Game and Information Theory. 2018 International Conference on Engineering Technology and their Applications (IICETA). :118–123.

security evaluation of cryptosystem is a critical topic in cryptology. It is used to differentiate among cryptosystems' security. The aim of this paper is to produce a new model for security evaluation of cryptosystems, which is a combination of two theories (Game Theory and Information Theory). The result of evaluation method can help researchers to choose the appropriate cryptosystems in Wireless Communications Networks such as Cognitive Radio Networks.

2018-06-20
Ren, Z., Chen, G..  2017.  EntropyVis: Malware classification. 2017 10th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (CISP-BMEI). :1–6.

Malware writers often develop malware with automated measures, so the number of malware has increased dramatically. Automated measures tend to repeatedly use significant modules, which form the basis for identifying malware variants and discriminating malware families. Thus, we propose a novel visualization analysis method for researching malware similarity. This method converts malicious Windows Portable Executable (PE) files into local entropy images for observing internal features of malware, and then normalizes local entropy images into entropy pixel images for malware classification. We take advantage of the Jaccard index to measure similarities between entropy pixel images and the k-Nearest Neighbor (kNN) classification algorithm to assign entropy pixel images to different malware families. Preliminary experimental results show that our visualization method can discriminate malware families effectively.

2018-06-11
Coustans, M., Terrier, C., Eberhardt, T., Salgado, S., Cherkaoui, A., Fesquet, L..  2017.  A subthreshold 30pJ/bit self-timed ring based true random number generator for internet of everything. 2017 IEEE SOI-3D-Subthreshold Microelectronics Technology Unified Conference (S3S). :1–3.

This paper presents a true random number generator that exploits the subthreshold properties of jitter of events propagating in a self-timed ring and jitter of events propagating in an inverter based ring oscillator. Design was implemented in 180nm CMOS flash process. Devices provide high quality random bit sequences passing FIPS 140-2 and NIST SP 800-22 statistical tests which guaranty uniform distribution and unpredictability thanks to the physics based entropy source.

Yang, J., Zhou, C., Zhao, Y..  2017.  A security protection approach based on software defined network for inter-area communication in industrial control systems. 12th International Conference on System Safety and Cyber-Security 2017 (SCSS). :1–6.

Currently, security protection in Industrial Control Systems has become a hot topic, and a great number of defense techniques have sprung up. As one of the most effective approaches, area isolation has the exceptional advantages and is widely used to prevent attacks or hazards propagating. However, most existing methods for inter-area communication protection present some limitations, i.e., excessively depending on the analyzing rules, affecting original communication. Additionally, the network architecture and data flow direction can hardly be adjusted after being deployed. To address these problems, a dynamical and customized communication protection technology is proposed in this paper. In detail, a security inter-area communication architecture based on Software Defined Network is designed firstly, where devices or subsystems can be dynamically added into or removed from the communication link. And then, a security inspection method based on information entropy is presented for deep network behaviors analysis. According to the security analysis results, the communications in the network can be adjusted in time. Finally, simulations are constructed, and the results indicate that the proposed approach is sensitive and effective for cyber-attacks detection.

2018-06-07
Araújo, D. R. B., Barros, G. H. P. S. de, Bastos-Filho, C. J. A., Martins-Filho, J. F..  2017.  Surrogate models assisted by neural networks to assess the resilience of networks. 2017 IEEE Latin American Conference on Computational Intelligence (LA-CCI). :1–6.

The assessment of networks is frequently accomplished by using time-consuming analysis tools based on simulations. For example, the blocking probability of networks can be estimated by Monte Carlo simulations and the network resilience can be assessed by link or node failure simulations. We propose in this paper to use Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) to predict the robustness of networks based on simple topological metrics to avoid time-consuming failure simulations. We accomplish the training process using supervised learning based on a historical database of networks. We compare the results of our proposal with the outcome provided by targeted and random failures simulations. We show that our approach is faster than failure simulators and the ANN can mimic the same robustness evaluation provide by these simulators. We obtained an average speedup of 300 times.

Zenger, C. T., Pietersz, M., Rex, A., Brauer, J., Dressler, F. P., Baiker, C., Theis, D., Paar, C..  2017.  Implementing a real-time capable WPLS testbed for independent performance and security analyses. 2017 51st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers. :9–13.
As demonstrated recently, Wireless Physical Layer Security (WPLS) has the potential to offer substantial advantages for key management for small resource-constrained and, therefore, low-cost IoT-devices, e.g., the widely applied 8-bit MCU 8051. In this paper, we present a WPLS testbed implementation for independent performance and security evaluations. The testbed is based on off-the-shelf hardware and utilizes the IEEE 802.15.4 communication standard for key extraction and secret key rate estimation in real-time. The testbed can include generically multiple transceivers to simulate legitimate parties or eavesdropper. We believe with the testbed we provide a first step to make experimental-based WPLS research results comparable. As an example, we present evaluation results of several test cases we performed, while for further information we refer to https://pls.rub.de.
2018-05-30
Saleh, M., Ratazzi, E. P., Xu, S..  2017.  A Control Flow Graph-Based Signature for Packer Identification. MILCOM 2017 - 2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM). :683–688.

The large number of malicious files that are produced daily outpaces the current capacity of malware analysis and detection. For example, Intel Security Labs reported that during the second quarter of 2016, their system found more than 40M of new malware [1]. The damage of malware attacks is also increasingly devastating, as witnessed by the recent Cryptowall malware that has reportedly generated more than \$325M in ransom payments to its perpetrators [2]. In terms of defense, it has been widely accepted that the traditional approach based on byte-string signatures is increasingly ineffective, especially for new malware samples and sophisticated variants of existing ones. New techniques are therefore needed for effective defense against malware. Motivated by this problem, the paper investigates a new defense technique against malware. The technique presented in this paper is utilized for automatic identification of malware packers that are used to obfuscate malware programs. Signatures of malware packers and obfuscators are extracted from the CFGs of malware samples. Unlike conventional byte signatures that can be evaded by simply modifying one or multiple bytes in malware samples, these signatures are more difficult to evade. For example, CFG-based signatures are shown to be resilient against instruction modifications and shuffling, as a single signature is sufficient for detecting mildly different versions of the same malware. Last but not least, the process for extracting CFG-based signatures is also made automatic.

2018-05-24
Yang, B., Ro\v zić, V., Grujić, M., Mentens, N., Verbauwhede, I..  2017.  On-Chip Jitter Measurement for True Random Number Generators. 2017 Asian Hardware Oriented Security and Trust Symposium (AsianHOST). :91–96.

Applications of true random number generators (TRNGs) span from art to numerical computing and system security. In cryptographic applications, TRNGs are used for generating new keys, nonces and masks. For this reason, a TRNG is an essential building block and often a point of failure for embedded security systems. One type of primitives that are widely used as source of randomness are ring oscillators. For a ring-oscillator-based TRNG, the true randomness originates from its timing jitter. Therefore, determining the jitter strength is essential to estimate the quality of a TRNG. In this paper, we propose a method to measure the jitter strength of a ring oscillator implemented on an FPGA. The fast tapped delay chain is utilized to perform the on-chip measurement with a high resolution. The proposed method is implemented on both a Xilinx FPGA and an Intel FPGA. Fast carry logic components on different FPGAs are used to implement the fast delay line. This carry logic component is designed to be fast and has dedicated routing, which enables a precise measurement. The differential structure of the delay chain is used to thwart the influence of undesirable noise from the measurement. The proposed methodology can be applied to other FPGA families and ASIC designs.

2018-05-09
Dali, L., Mivule, K., El-Sayed, H..  2017.  A heuristic attack detection approach using the \#x201C;least weighted \#x201D; attributes for cyber security data. 2017 Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys). :1067–1073.

The continuous advance in recent cloud-based computer networks has generated a number of security challenges associated with intrusions in network systems. With the exponential increase in the volume of network traffic data, involvement of humans in such detection systems is time consuming and a non-trivial problem. Secondly, network traffic data tends to be highly dimensional, comprising of numerous features and attributes, making classification challenging and thus susceptible to the curse of dimensionality problem. Given such scenarios, the need arises for dimensional reduction, feature selection, combined with machine-learning techniques in the classification of such data. Therefore, as a contribution, this paper seeks to employ data mining techniques in a cloud-based environment, by selecting appropriate attributes and features with the least importance in terms of weight for the classification. Often the standard is to select features with better weights while ignoring those with least weights. In this study, we seek to find out if we can make prediction using those features with least weights. The motivation is that adversaries use stealth to hide their activities from the obvious. The question then is, can we predict any stealth activity of an adversary using the least observed attributes? In this particular study, we employ information gain to select attributes with the lowest weights and then apply machine learning to classify if a combination, in this case, of both source and destination ports are attacked or not. The motivation of this investigation is if attributes that are of least importance can be used to predict if an attack could occur. Our preliminary results show that even when the source and destination port attributes are used in combination with features with the least weights, it is possible to classify such network traffic data and predict if an attack will occur or not.

Jonsdottir, G., Wood, D., Doshi, R..  2017.  IoT network monitor. 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC). :1–5.
IoT Network Monitor is an intuitive and user-friendly interface for consumers to visualize vulnerabilities of IoT devices in their home. Running on a Raspberry Pi configured as a router, the IoT Network Monitor analyzes the traffic of connected devices in three ways. First, it detects devices with default passwords exploited by previous attacks such as the Mirai Botnet, changes default device passwords to randomly generated 12 character strings, and reports the new passwords to the user. Second, it conducts deep packet analysis on the network data from each device and notifies the user of potentially sensitive personal information that is being transmitted in cleartext. Lastly, it detects botnet traffic originating from an IoT device connected to the network and instructs the user to disconnect the device if it has been hacked. The user-friendly IoT Network Monitor will enable homeowners to maintain the security of their home network and better understand what actions are appropriate when a certain security vulnerability is detected. Wide adoption of this tool will make consumer home IoT networks more secure.