SandboxNet: A Learning-Based Malicious Application Detection Framework in SDN Networks

Po Wen Chi, Yu Zheng, Wei Yang Chang, Ming Hung Wang*

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a concept that decouples the control plane and the user plane. So, the network administrator can easily control the network behavior through its own programs. However, the administrator may unconsciously set up some malicious programs on SDN controllers so that the whole network may be under the attacker's control. In this paper, we discuss the malicious software issue on SDN networks. We use the idea of the sandbox to propose a sandbox network called SanboxNet. We emulate a virtual isolated network environment to verify the SDN application functions. With continuous monitoring, we can locate the suspicious SDN applications if the system detects some pre-defined malicious behaviors. We also apply machine learning (ML) techniques to identify unknown malicious applications. Considering the sandbox-evading issue, in our work, we make the emulated networks, and the real-world networks will be indistinguishable to the SDN controller.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1211
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Information Science and Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov


  • SDN application
  • intrusion detection
  • machine learning
  • software defined networking
  • software testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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