An Effective TCP/IP Fingerprinting Technique Based on Strange Attractors Classification

  • João Paulo S. Medeiros
  • Agostinho M. BritoJr.
  • Paulo S. Motta Pires
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5939)


We propose a new technique to perform TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) stack fingerprinting. Our technique relies on chaotic dynamics theory and artificial neural networks applied to TCP ISN (Initial Sequence Number) samples making possible to associate strange attractors to operating systems. We show that it is possible to recognize operating systems using only an open TCP port on the target machine. Also, we present results which shows that our technique cannot be fooled by Honeyd or affected by PAT (Port Address Translation) environments.


Transmission Control Protocol Strange Attractor Fingerprinting Technique Attractor Representation Target Machine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • João Paulo S. Medeiros
    • 1
  • Agostinho M. BritoJr.
    • 1
  • Paulo S. Motta Pires
    • 1
  1. 1.LabSIN - Security Information Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering and Automation – DCAFederal University of Rio Grande do Norte – UFRNNatalBrazil

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