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Felix Erlacher and Falko Dressler, "Testing IDS using GENESIDS: Realistic Mixed Traffic Generation for IDS Evaluation," Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2018, Demo Session, Budapest, Hungary, August 2018, pp. 153–155.


Evaluating signature-based Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) is a necessary but in general difficult task. Often, live or recorded real-world traffic is used. However, real-world network traffic is often hard to come by at larger scale and the few available traces usually do not contain application layer payload. Furthermore, these traces only contain a small amount of malicious traffic, which does not suffice to thoroughly test a NIDS. We solve this problem by proposing a complete stateful traffic generation system that mixes realistic traffic with user definable malicious HTTP traffic with the purpose of evaluating a NIDS. By relying on the Snort syntax for traffic definition, we guarantee a large dataset of realistic up-to-date attack pattern.

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Felix Erlacher
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Erlacher, Felix and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1145/3234200.3234204},
    title = {{Testing IDS using GENESIDS: Realistic Mixed Traffic Generation for IDS Evaluation}},
    ccs-acm_authorize = {},
    pages = {153--155},
    publisher = {ACM},
    address = {Budapest, Hungary},
    booktitle = {ACM SIGCOMM 2018, Demo Session},
    month = {8},
    year = {2018},

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