Switched network sniffers detection technique based on IP packet routing

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Abstract

In a local network, the act of sniffing has been a big threat. Today, most network users and administrators believe that sniffing is a threat in hub-based networks, but it is no more a threat in switched networks. Because, in a hub-based network, any packet sent to a host will be received by all network's hosts, sniffing can be easily performed. However, in a switched network, any packet sent to a host will be received only by the destination host, unless it is a broadcast packet. Therefore, sniffing seems impossible in switched networks. This article shows that there are several ways that sniffing can be performed in switched networks. The man-in-the-middle (MiM) attack is a key step in the process of preparing a sniffing activity in a switched network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalInformation Systems Security
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management

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