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Open Access Thesis

Document Type


Degree Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded



Connection setup in software-defined networks (SDN) requires considerable amounts of processing, communication, and memory resources. Attackers can target SDN controllers defense mechanism based on a proof-of-work protocol. This thesis proposes a new protocol to protect controllers against such attacks, shows implementation of the system and analyze the its performance. The key characteristics of this protocol, namely its one-way operation, its requirement for freshness in proofs of work, its adjustable difficulty, its ability to work withmultiple network providers, and its use of existing TCP/IP header fields, ensure that this approach can be used in practice.


First Advisor

Tilman Wolf