Off-campus UMass Amherst users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your UMass Amherst user name and password.
Non-UMass Amherst users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.
Dissertations that have an embargo placed on them will not be available to anyone until the embargo expires.
Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years
Electrical & Computer Engineering
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.
Li, Jingrui, "Protecting Controllers against Denial-of-Service Attacks in Software-Defined Networks" (2016). Masters Theses. 428.