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Application-layer denial of service attacks: taxonomy and survey

Application-layer denial of service attacks: taxonomy and survey

Mantas, Georgios ORCID: 0000-0002-8074-0417, Stakhanova, Natalia, Gonzalez, Hugo, Jazi, Hossein Hadian and Ghorbani, Ali A. (2015) Application-layer denial of service attacks: taxonomy and survey. International Journal of Information and Computer Security, 7 (2/3/4). pp. 216-239. ISSN 1744-1765 (Print), 1744-1773 (Online) (doi:

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The recent escalation of application-layer denial of service (DoS) attacks has attracted a significant interest of the security research community. Since application-layer DoS attacks usually do not manifest themselves at the network level, they avoid traditional network-layer-based detection. Therefore, the security community has focused on specialised application-layer DoS attacks detection and mitigation mechanisms. However, the deployment of reliable and efficient defence mechanisms against these attacks requires the comprehensive understanding of the existing application-layer DoS attacks supported by a unified terminology. Thus, in this paper we address this issue and devise a taxonomy of application-layer DoS attacks. By devising the proposed taxonomy, we intend to give researchers a better understanding of these attacks and provide a foundation for organising research efforts within this specific field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Denial of service attacks, application-layer attacks, taxonomy
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
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