Research Topics

My research focus on network security and computer networking. I am especially interested in Distributed Deny-of-Serivce (DDoS) defense, System security of Internet-of-Things (IoT), Distributed ledger system.

Named Data Networking (NDN) is a proposed future Internet architecture which considers security from the first day of its design. NDN requires every data publisher (called producer) to digitally sign their content. I have worked on certificate management over NDN, access control over NDN, and I am also contributing to the core NDN software like ndn-cxx, ndn-lite, and NFD.

Distributed Ledger System

With the ever growing Internet of Things (IoT) market, ledger systems are facing new challenges to efficiently store and secure enormous customer records collected by the IoT devices. The authenticity, availability, and integrity of these records are critically important for both business providers and customers. In this work, we propse DLedger, a lightweight and resilient distributed ledger system. Instead of a single chain of blocks, DLedger builds the ledger over a directed acyclic graph (DAG), so that its operations can tolerate network partition and intermittent connectivity. Instead of compute-intensive Proof-of-Work (PoW), DLedger utilizes Proof-of-Authentication (PoA), whose light-weight operations are IoT-friendly, to achieve consensus.

DDoS Defense

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have plagued the Internet for decades, but defenses have not fundamentally outpaced attackers. Instead, the size and rate of growth in attacks have actually outpaced carriers' and DDoS mitigation services' growth. In this work, we comprehensively examine ways in which Named Data Networking (NDN), a proposed data-centric Internet architecture, fundamentally addresses some of the principle weaknesses in today's DDoS defenses in IP networking. We argue that NDN's architectural changes (even when incrementally deployed) can make DDoS attacks fundamentally more difficult to launch and less effective. We present a new DDoS mitigation solution -- Fine-grained Interest Traffic Throttling FITT, to leverage NDN's features to combat DDoS in the Internet of Things (IoT) age. FITT enables the network to detect DDoS directly from feedback from victims, throttle DDoS traffic along its exact path in the network, and perform reinforcement control over the misbehaving entities at their sources. In cases like the Mirai attacks, where smart IoT devices (smart cameras, refrigerators, etc.) were able to cripple high-capacity service providers using diverse DDoS Tactics Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), FITT would be able to precisely squelch the attack traffic at its distributed sources, without disrupting other legitimate application traffic running on the same devices. FITT offers an incrementally deployable solution for service providers to effectuate the application-level remediation at the sources, which remains unattainable in today's DDoS market. Our extensive simulations results show that FITT can effectively throttle attack traffic in a short time and achieve over 99% legitimate traffic.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Named Data Networking (NDN) architecture provides simple solutions to the communication needs of Internet of Things (IoT) in terms of ease-of-use, security, and content delivery. To utilize the desirable properties of NDN architecture in IoT scenarios, we are working to provide an integrated framework, dubbed NDNoT, to support IoT over NDN. NDNoT provides solutions to auto conguration, service discovery, data-centric security, content delivery, and other needs of IoT application developers. Utilizing NDN naming conventions, NDNoT aims to create an open environment where IoT applications and different services can easily cooperate and work together.

Name-based Access Control over Named Data Networking (NDN)

Confidentiality of data in Named Data Networking (NDN) architecture can be directly ensured through encryption by protecting the data packets rather than relying on a secured host or channel as any traditional perimeter-based access control models do. However, the use of encryption requires efficient and easy-to-use mechanisms for access management and key distribution. We presents a Name-Based Access Control (NAC) scheme that leverages specially crafted NDN naming conventions (NAC naming conventions) to define and realize access control policies and automate the distribution of encryption and decryption keys. Moreover, the structured NDN naming allows NAC to support fine-grained control policies in a simple yet powerful way.

Certificate Management over Named Data Networking (NDN)

Named Data Networking (NDN) secures communication at the network layer by requiring all data packets to be signed when produced, ensuring data authentication and integrity. As obtaining certicates is essential to signature signing and verication, to widely apply digital signature at the network layer, NDN requires usable mechanisms to handle certicate issuance, renewal, and revocation. We presents NDNCERT, a distributed certicate management system. NDNCERT leverages the notion of named data in NDN and provides an automated mechanism for network nodes, users, applications, and application instances to obtain certicates. NDNCERT also enables namespace owners to easily delegate subnamespaces to legitimate parties either within the same network node or across dierent nodes.