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Dagstuhl Seminar "Secure Routing for the Internet"

Jun 10, 2018 - Jun 13, 2018

Prof. Matthias Wählisch co-organizes Dastuhl Seminar 18242 about "Secure Routing for the Internet". This is joint work with Phillipa Gill (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, US), Amir Herzberg (University of Connecticut – Storrs, US), and  Adrian Perrig (ETH Zürich, CH).


Routing is a fundamental mechanism in communication networks, and its security is critical to ensure availability and prevent attacks; however, developing and deploying secure routing mechanism is still a challenge. Routing is the process by which information is passed via the communication network, from source to destination, via a series of intermediary nodes or routers. Routing attacks include route-hijacking, i.e., diverting traffic to an adversary-controlled router, as well as denial-of-service attacks exploiting the routing mechanism, i.e., preventing communication (in entire network, between specific parts, etc.), e.g., by malicious dropping of packets by a router. Routing, and even more secure routing, are complex problems, with many variants. In particular, the Internet is a federation of many domains (usually referred to as autonomous systems (ASes)), each managed by a separate organization (e.g., an Internet Service Provider (ISP)); there are separate standard protocols for routing inside an AS (Intra-domain routing) and for routing from a source in one AS to a destination in a different AS (Inter-domain routing). Significant efforts are dedicated to securing both Intra-domain routing protocols and Inter-domain routing protocols.

This Dagstuhl Seminar aims at bringing together, leading scientist in the area of secure routing, including scientists working on security of inter-AS routing, intra-AS routing, routing for future Internet designs, and on (secure) routing for highly-mobile scenarios including ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, robotic (swarm) networks, delay-tolerant networks and vehicular networks. To further stimulate discussion, the seminar will include also a number of prominent scientists and experts in the more general areas of network security, privacy/security, and future communication networks. At the same time, researchers and representatives from industry are invited to aid in understanding the requirements of practical routing security at Internet scale, with the hope of improving standardization and adoption of improved routing security mechanisms, and of improving the cooperation between academia and industry.

Time & Location

Jun 10, 2018 - Jun 13, 2018

Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany