AC-PROT: An access control model to improve software-defined networking security

Wei Wu, Renping Liu, Wei Ni, Dali Kaafar, Xiaojing Huang

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The logically-centralized controllers have largely operated as the coordination points in software-defined networking(SDN), through which applications submit network operations to manage the global network resource. Therefore, the validity of these network operations from SDN applications are critical for the security of SDN. In this paper, we analyze the mechanism that generates network operations in SDN, and present a fine-grained access control model, called Access Control Protector(AC-PROT),that employs an attribute-based signature scheme for network applications. The simulation result demonstrates that AC-PROT can efficiently identify and reject unauthorized network operations generated by applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVTC Spring 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 IEEE 85th Vehicular Technology Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059324
ISBN (Print)9781509059331
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20177 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2577-2465


Conference85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017


  • Access control
  • Attribute-based signature
  • Software-defined networking


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