Due to our increasing reliance on computer systems, security incidents and their causes are important problems that need to be addressed. To contribute to this objective, the paper describes a new tool for the discovery of security vulnerabilities on network connected servers. The AJECT tool uses a specification of the server's communication protocol to automatically generate a large number of attacks accordingly to some predefined test classes. Then, while it performs these attacks through the network, it monitors the behavior of the server both from a client perspective and inside the target machine. The observation of an incorrect behavior indicates a successful attack and the potential existence of a vulnerability. To demonstrate the usefulness of this approach, a considerable number of experiments were carried out with several IMAP servers. The results show that AJECT can discover several kinds of vulnerabilities, including a previously unknown vulnerability. © 2006 IEEE.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Dec 22 2006|