PhD Proposal by Yang Ji

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    • Thursday February 7, 2019 - Friday February 8, 2019
      1:30 pm - 2:59 pm
  • Location: Klaus 3126
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Summary Sentence: Efficient and Refinable Attack Investigation

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Title: Efficient and Refinable Attack Investigation


Yang Ji

Ph.D. student in Computer Science

School of Computer Science

College of Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology


Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 13:30 - 15:00 (EST)

Location: Klaus 3126




Dr. Wenke Lee (Advisor), School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. David Devecsery (Co-advisor), School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Alessandro Orso, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Dongyan Xu, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University



As modern attacks become more stealthy and persistent, detecting or preventing them at their early stages becomes virtually impossible. Instead, an attack investigation or provenance system aims to continuously monitor and log interesting system events with minimal overhead. Later, if the system observes any anomalous behavior, it analyzes the log to identify who initiated the attack and which resources were affected by the attack and then assess and recover from any damage incurred. However, because of a fundamental tradeoff between log granularity and system performance, existing systems typically record system- call events without detailed program-level activities (e.g., memory operation) required for accurately reconstructing attack causality or demand that every monitored program be instrumented to provide program-level information. 


In this proposal, I will present my research focusing on addressing this issue. First, I will present a Refinable Attack INvestigation system (RAIN) based on a record-replay technology that records system-call events during runtime and performs instruction-level dynamic information flow tracking (DIFT) during on-demand process replay. Instead of replaying every process with DIFT, RAIN conducts system-call-level reachability analysis to filter out unrelated processes and to minimize the number of processes to be replayed, making inter-process DIFT feasible. Second, I will present a data flow tagging and tracking mechanism, called RTAG, which further enables practical cross-host attack investigations. RTAG allows lazy synchronization between independent and parallel DIFT instances of different hosts, and enables detection of most classes of data-flow related vulnerability including not only traditional DIFT analysis but also memory corruptions and harmful races.

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  • Created On: Feb 4, 2019 - 8:21am
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