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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University) - Securing Internet Applications From Routing Attacks

    Tue, Nov 17, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Securing Internet Applications From Routing Attacks

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The Internet is a "network of networks" that interconnects tens of thousands of separately administered networks. Yet, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the glue that holds the disparate parts of the Internet together, is notoriously vulnerable to misconfiguration and attack. The consequences range from making destinations unreachable, to misdirecting traffic through unexpected intermediaries, to impersonating legitimate services. Attacks on Internet routing are typically viewed through the lens of availability and confidentiality, assuming an adversary that either discards traffic or performs eavesdropping. Yet, a strategic adversary can use routing attacks to compromise the security of critical Internet applications like Tor, certificate authorities, and the bitcoin network. In this talk, we survey such application-specific routing attacks and argue that both application-layer and network-layer defenses are essential and urgently needed. While application-layer defenses are easier to deploy in the short term, we hope that greater awareness of strategic attacks on important applications can provide much needed momentum for the deployment of network-layer defenses like secure routing protocols.

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    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and the Chair of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton in 2005, she worked for nine years at AT&T Labs--Research. Jennifer received her BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1991, and her PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is co-author of the book "Web Protocols and Practice" (Addison-Wesley, 2001). She served as the chair of ACM SIGCOMM from 2003 to 2007. Jennifer received ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award, the ACM SIGCOMM award for lifetime contributions, and the IEEE Internet Award. She is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.

    Host: Heather Culbertson

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uiLYEP8mRR2_UIQ4oJn5ug

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uiLYEP8mRR2_UIQ4oJn5ug

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