The Case for Robust Adaptation: Autonomic Resource Management is a Vulnerability [Conference Paper]

NESL Technical Report #: 2019-11-0


Abstract: Autonomic resource management for distributed edge computing systems provides an effective means of enabling dynamic placement and adaptation in the face of network changes, load dynamics, and failures. However, adaptation in-and-of-itself offers a side channel by which malicious entities can extract valuable information. An attacker can take advantage of autonomic resource management techniques to fool a system into misallocating resources and crippling applications. Using a few scenarios, we outline how attacks can be launched using partial knowledge of the resource management substrate – with as little as a single compromised node. We argue that any system that provides adaptation must consider resource management as an attack surface. As such, we propose ADAPT2, a framework that incorporates concepts taken from Moving-Target Defense and state estimation techniques to ensure correctness and obfuscate resource management, thereby protecting valuable system and application information from leaking.

Publication Forum: Military Communications for the 21st Century

Date: 2019-11-12

Place: Norfolk, VA

Public Document?: Yes

NESL Document?: Yes

Document category: Conference Paper

Primary Research Area: Privacy, Security, and Integrity