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Preventing distributed denial-of-service attacks on the IMS emergency services support through adaptive firewall pinholing

: Onofrei, Andreea Ancuta; Rebahi, Yacine; Magedanz, Thomas


International Journal of Next-Generation Networks : IJNGN 2 (2010), Nr.1, S.1-17
ISSN: 0975-7023
ISSN: 0975-7252
Fraunhofer FOKUS ()

Emergency services are vital services that Next Generation Networks (NGNs) have to provide. As the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is in the heart of NGNs, 3GPP has carried the burden of specifying a standardized IMS-based emergency services framework. Unfortunately, like any other IP-based standards, the IMS-based emergency service framework is prone to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. We propose in this work, a simple but efficient solution that can prevent certain types of such attacks by creating firewall pinholes that regular clients will surely be able to pass in contrast to the attackers clients. Our solution was implemented, tested in an appropriate testbed, and its efficiency was proven.