DoS Attack Impact Assessment on Software Defined Networks

Abimbola Sangodoyin, Tshiamo Sigwele, Prashant Pillai, Yim Fun Hu, Irfan Awan, Jules Disso

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3 Citations (Scopus)


Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an evolving network paradigm which promises greater interoperability, more innovation, flexible and effective solutions. Although SDN on the surface provides a simple framework for network programmability and monitoring, few has been said about security measures to make it resilient to hitherto security flaws in traditional network and the new threats the architecture is ushering in. One of the security weaknesses the architecture is ushering in due to separation of control and data plane is Denial of Service (DoS) attack. The main goal of this attack is to make network resources unavailable to legitimate users or introduce large delays. In this paper, the effect of DoS attack on SDN is presented using Mininet, OpenDaylight (ODL) controller and network performance testing tools such as iperf and ping. Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) flood attack is performed on a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) server and a User Datagram Protocol (UDP) server which are both connected to OpenFlow switches. The simulation results reveal a drop in network throughput from 233 Mbps to 87.4 Mbps and the introduction of large jitter between 0.003 ms and 0.789 ms during DoS attack.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless and Satellite Systems - 9th International Conference, WiSATS 2017, Proceedings
EditorsKandeepan Sithamparanathan, Miguel Angel Vazquez, Prashant Pillai, Giambene Giovanni, Paul Daniel Mitchell
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319765709
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems, WiSATS 2017 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: Sept 14 2017Sept 15 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference9th International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems, WiSATS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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