The design and development of SNIP: Simple Network Imitator Program
Myers, Brett (2004) The design and development of SNIP: Simple Network Imitator Program. Masters thesis, Iowa State University.
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As computer systems become more complex, they become more vulnerable to malicious users. Researchers and professionals are working hard to keep unwanted users out of their networks, but this requires special tools and training for them to be able to adapt to new problems. One requirement for researchers is a good test bed network. This allows them to run experiments and train others on network security without risking live networks. To improve the effectiveness of such networks, tools can be to make these networks seem more realistic. This thesis proves that a tool can be create that runs on a single machine, but can generate the equivalent traffic of a network, where neither the client nor the server has to exist. However, if a computer on the immediate network was perniciously sniffing traffic, they would not know whether the machine exists or not from the information they gathered from sniffing the network. This tool has many possible uses and a strong future. It has been developed to be used in Iowa State University’s new Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) to provide the background network traffic.
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