Session-layer Attack Traffic Classification by Program Synthesis

10/13/2020 ∙ by Lei Shi, et al. ∙ 0

Writing classification rules to identify malicious network traffic is a time-consuming and error-prone task. Learning-based classification systems automatically extract such rules from positive and negative traffic examples. However, due to limitations in the representation of network traffic and the learning strategy, these systems lack both expressiveness to cover a range of attacks and interpretability in fully describing the attack traffic's structure at the session layer. This paper presents Sharingan system, which uses program synthesis techniques to generate network classification programs at the session layer. Sharingan accepts raw network traces as inputs, and reports potential patterns of the attack traffic in NetQRE, a domain specific language designed for specifying session-layer quantitative properties. Using Sharingan, network operators can better analyze the attack pattern due to the following advantages of Sharingan's learning process: (1) it requires minimal feature engineering, (2) it is amenable to efficient implementation of the learnt classifier, and (3) the synthesized program is easy to decipher and edit. We develop a range of novel optimizations that reduce the synthesis time for large and complex tasks to a matter of minutes. Our experiments show that Sharingan is able to correctly identify attacks from a diverse set of network attack traces and generates explainable outputs, while achieving accuracy comparable to state-of-the-art learning-based intrusion detection systems.



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